In Dorset this summer we saw a confirmed case of equine flu and the isolation of two other horses which showed similar symptoms. This is a timely reminder of how important it is to keep up vaccinations to prevent horses from becoming infected.
The flu virus can be spread from contact with infected horses and from equipment such as tack, water buckets and grooming utensils. It can also be airborne and amazingly can travel more than 2 kilometres.
Your horse doesn’t have to necessarily be in the same yard as a horse showing symptoms of flu to be at risk of contracting the illness.
Older horses and foals are especially susceptible to complications from the virus and in some cases these can be fatal. We strongly believe that prevention is the best course of action for all horses and ponies, not just for competition horses, where vaccination is compulsory.
This November, we are pleased to offer an equine flu vaccination amnesty.
If you have missed a booster vaccine or have never vaccinated your horse or pony, we are delighted to be able to offer a second vaccination free of charge when you restart a course*.
To take up this offer or to ask for further advice, please contact us and we will be happy to help.
* Please note that visit charges may apply and the first vaccination and any visit charges must be paid in full before the second vaccine can be given for free.