Biosecurity at the British Breeding Futurity 2019

Sunday, April 21

Biosecurity at the British Breeding Futurity 2019

At the British Breeding Baileys Horse Feeds Futurity, the safety of all participating horses and ponies is extremely important to us. In view of the current outbreak of Equine Influenza, we are working with our veterinary advisors to minimise the risk of infection:

Obligatory Equine Influenza Vaccinations

Please note that up-to-date influenza vaccinations are an obligatory condition of entry for any Futurity event. 

For older horses:

In the current conditions, vaccinations should be boosted every 6 months to provide increased protection. This means that you need to have you horse or pony vaccinated within 6 months of entry. Please do not leave it until the week before the event, as you need to give your youngster time to recover from the vaccination.

For Foals:

We do not recommend vaccination before foals are 6 months old. This is because there is some evidence that vaccination prior to 6 months reduces the effectiveness of the Equine Influenza vaccine later on, so this would be counter-productive. Instead, please make sure that your mares have been vaccinated around 4-6 weeks prior to giving birth. This will not only protect the mares as they travel to the Futurity with their foals, it will also pass on maternal immunity to the foal at birth. 

For Youngsters from 6 Months:

Your youngster should have received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only these two injections need to have been given before your horse or pony can attend.

In addition, if sufficient time has elapsed, a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination. 

Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of no greater than 6 months.

As with the older horses, all Equine Influenza vaccinations must be given at least 7 days prior to the event.

 

What happens at the Futurity Event?

We will check all entries' vaccination records. For this year, we have suspended the walk ring in order to minimise direct interaction between the different entries. You will be given time slots for your evaluation. In between, please avoid contact with other horses and ponies. Please do not touch anybody else's horses and keep a safe distance.

If you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact our team at any time, we will be happy to advise. 

 


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