Preventative Healthcare

Tetanus Vaccination:

We believe that every horse should be vaccinated against tetanus as this fatal disease can be prevented at relatively low cost. The initial course of vaccination requires two doses 4-6 weeks apart followed by a booster after one year. Boosters are then given every two years.

Influenza Vaccination:

Equine Influenza (flu) is a serious respiratory disease that can cause widespread problems in unvaccinated horses eg. the Australian outbreak in 2007. Influenza can be effectively prevented by vaccination which we would recommend and is also required by many shows/event organisers/racing authorities. If your horse’s vaccinations do not comply with the regulations below, your horse may be refused entry:

Initial influenza vaccination
Second influenza vaccination 21-92 days after the first
Third influenza vaccination 150-215 days after the second
Annual boosters thereafter not exceeding 365days after previous vaccination.

Vaccinations are not permitted within 7 days of racing/competition.

We endeavour to send out reminders for third and annual booster vaccinations but it is your responsibility to ensure that your horse’s vaccinations comply with the appropriate regulations.

FEI vaccinations:

Horses competing under FEI rules are required to have two initial vaccinations 21-92 days apart followed by a third vaccination within 6 months and 21days following the second dose with at least annual (within 365 days) boosters given subsequently. When competing at an FEI competition, the last vaccination must have been given within 6 months +/- 21 days of the competition date. No vaccinations to be given within 21 days of the competition.

For further details please visit: www.inside.fei.org

EHV ( Equine Herpes) vaccinations:

Horses can be vaccinated against EHV in order to protect against respiratory disease and/or abortion. For the prevention of respiratory disease the schedule is:

First EHV vaccination
Second EHV vaccination 4-6 weeks later
Booster EHV vaccination every 6 months
Pregnant mares can be vaccinated at 5,7 & 9 months of pregnancy to protect against abortion. EHV vaccinations are compulsory on many stud farms before your mare can be admitted to foal down.

Microchipping & Passports

We support microchipping of horses to provide permanent identification as well as being a legal requirement for horses born since 1st Jan 2010. The microchip is implanted in the left side of the crest and horses are routinely checked for microchip at vettings, events, auctions & racing. We offer a combined package of microchip implantation and passporting for foals, please contact the office for details.

Equine Healthcare Plan

We have developed our Healthcare Plan to allow you to spread the cost of your horse’s preventative healthcare as well as save money. It provides regular health and dental checks, vaccinations and worm egg counts. Find out more

Worming Programme

We offer an annual worming programme- we will perform as many worm egg counts as we deem necessary, advise on the results and tailor an individual worming program for each horse. Find out more 

Anti Doping

The British Equestrian Federation which regulates British Showjumping, British Dressage, British Eventing & British Reining introduced new medicine regulations from 1st January 2012.
The new regulations will match the international (FEI) regulations and essentially divide medicines into two categories:

  • Banned substances which have no therapeutic use in the horse and should not be used in horses. This is termed Doping, i.e. the use of artificial enhancements to gain an advantage over others in competition.
  • Controlled substances which can legitimately be used to treat medical conditions in horses but are not permitted in competition.

Full details of the new rules can be found at www.bef.co.uk

Essentially, if your horse requires medication out of competition which may still be in the horse’s system at the time of competition then the owner/rider and vet need to complete a medication form stating the reason for use of the product. This form must be taken with you to the competition to be produced in the event of a test. Your vet should be able to advise you of the detection time of any medication prescribed and it is usual to add in a safety factor as some horses may exceed the average detection time.

The detection times of many drugs in the controlled substances category can be found on the FEI website http://www.feicleansport.org as can lists of medications in the controlled and banned lists. Please bear in mind that the drugs listed are the active ingredients not the trade names so please check the labels of any medication that you use carefully.

If your horse is tested at a competition then you must apply for a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) within 10 days of the test. The medication and TUE forms can be found on the BEF website.