Worried about Infection Control and Prevention in Your Barn?

Worried about Infection Control and Prevention in Your Barn?

Keeping Your Horse Healthy

Infection Control and Prevention in Your Barn

  1. Prevention 
  • Clean equipment between horses (bits, halters, twitches etc)
  • Avoid shared water sources
  • Wash hands regularly or use hand sanitizer
  • Have designated barn boots that are cleaned regularly
  • Vaccinate against influenza and herpes viruses routinely
  • Isolate new or competing horses for two weeks


2. Observe Daily

  • DEPP: Drinking, Eating, Pooping, Peeing: know what is normal for your horse so you can intervene early
  • Watch for signs of infection: coughing, runny nose, loose stool and low energy
  • Temperature: take your horse’s temperature if these signs occur. Normal temperature is 98.0-101.5.




3. Initiate Sick Horse Biosecurity Measures

  • Isolate horse in separate barn or stall away from other horses
  • Place signs: inform others so they can take precautions to decrease the spread of infection
  • Equipment: label buckets, shovels and tack just to be used with that horse
  • Work with sick horse last
  • Hands: wear gloves or wash hands after handling horse
    • Feet: wear shoe covers or set up a foot bath outside of stall

4.Contact the Veterinarian

  • Depending on the situation may recommend diagnostics, treatments and further advice on monitoring and biosecurity measures.


5.Clean up

  • Keep horse isolated and at home for 28 days
  • Manure/bedding: place in manure bin to compost before spreading or place in compost container that is commercially removed
  • Disinfect: clean equipment and stall with a detergent followed by a disinfectant


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