Preventing the spread of equine infectious disease is essential to everyone involved within equestrian sport, particularly as horses are increasingly required to move between countries to compete. It is therefore important to guarantee that good Biosecurity practices are maintained at all times and that government regulations concerning the import and export of horse are complied when preparing to travel to events.
Good biosecurity consists of simple measures and protocols designed to minimise the exposure of horses to disease-causing agents. These biosecurity practices will reduce the risk of disease transmission between horses both at their home stables and when competing at events.
Preventing the spread of diseases in Equestrian events
When planning an international FEI event, organising committees should notify the appropriate National Veterinary Authority at an early stage. All health measures required by the host national government for the temporary importation of horses must be strictly implemented and if necessary assistance provided for competitors.
Among the precautions taken when competing in FEI events, is vaccination against Equine Influenza of all horses competing at FEI events, as prescribed in the FEI Veterinary Regulations. Additional vaccinations against the risk of other equine infectious diseases may be necessary. It is therefore recommended to verify which vaccinations are required to protect your horse within the specific geographical region.
Furthermore, all those participating in events are reminded to consult the relevant National Veterinary Authority for information regarding the health certifications required by the country of arrival and return. Everyone involved in FEI events has a responsibility to comply with government animal health requirements for the temporary importation of horses.
Any suspected disease(s) must be reported to the FEI Veterinary Official Delegate during the event and the FEI is committed to maintaining awareness of the disease situation and control amongst the interested parties.