Five Biosecurity Resources on

Five Biosecurity Resources on

A simple disease-prevention step is to avoid allowing your horse to have nose-to-nose contact with other horses at events.

Photo: Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Managing Editor

Their effects can be mild or severe, causing anything from a snotty nose to devastating neurologic signs. They’re equine infectious disease pathogens, and they’re everywhere—sometimes even lurking in apparently healthy horses, escaping detection until one day a horse spikes a fever, goes off his feed, or worse. Because of these real threats, horse owners are faced with the continuous daunting challenge of how to protect their charges.

But things are about to get a little easier: We've combed our archives and compiled five free biosecurity resources available on

We’ve also chased the latest information down on infectious diseases, available exclusively in the August 2014 issue of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. Pick up a copy of this issue for an update on equine herpesvirus-1, tips on strangles, a look at foreign animal diseases, and more. 

Article: 10 Biosecurity Tips from Top Equine Health Experts Let's face it: Following strict and intensive biosecurity protocols in the real world can be difficult. Protecting our animals day to day is often less “best practices” and more “best we can do with our limited time and resources.” With that in mind, we contacted leading equine biosecurity experts to find out the most important measures, those you shouldn’t skip, and ways to incorporate them protecting your horses in your daily life. Read Now

Special Report: Biosecurity on the Road At home, your horse lives in an environment that you strive to keep “biosecure”—well-defended against infectious disease with sound management practices and vigilance. But when you and your horse head off to a show, race, or trail ride, you’re taking him out of that controlled environment and exposing him to unfamiliar horses. Here's how to maintain a biosecure environment for your horses when traveling. Download Now

Form: Biosecurity Agreement In effort to reduce the transmission of viral and bacterial diseases, farm owners and/or equine event managers might want to include an agreement in a stall packet or online event information or before allowing other horses on their property. Not sure where to begin in creating one? Here's a basic biosecurity agreement to get you started. Download Now

Video: How to Quarantine a New Horse Josie Traub-Dargatz, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, describes how to use a quarantine, designated equipment, and other measures to avoid disease spread among a population when a new horse arrives at a barn or returns from a show or event. Watch Now

Special Report: How To Handle a Disease Outbreak If your horse starts exhibiting signs of infectious disease, assume whatever he's come down with is contagious to other horses until proven otherwise, and follow these important steps to halt disease spread. Download Now

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