Check Biosecurity Risk for Your HorsesBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · October 18, 2011
Vaccinations, veterinary checkups, avoiding contact with sick horses…all these are probably routine management practices for most horse owners. However, infectious diseases sometimes pop up and spread through an area, threatening equine health, limiting travel, and curtailing participation in riding activities.
What additional measures do you need to take to keep your horses safe from infectious disease? The University of Guelph has developed the Equine Biosecurity Risk Calculator, a tool designed to grade horse owners on biosecurity management practices at their farms. After completing a brief questionnaire, the owner receives a score such as green for go (keep doing what you’re doing), yellow for caution (consider improvements), and red for stop (reassess to reduce serious risk). The program also provides feedback on specific ways to decrease the risk of infectious disease.
The interactive tool is an educational resource of Equine Guelph developed in collaboration with Colorado State University and sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Vétoquinol Canada Inc.