Biosecurity Checklist for Horse Owners
Choosing a New Farm
- Your horse’s activities are similar to those of the other horses at the farm.
- The barn has good air circulation.
- Stalls and paddocks are designed for minimal horse-to-horse and human-to-horse contact.
- Your horse is healthy, vaccinated, has a negative Coggins test, and has a CVI before travelling.
- Your horse will go directly to a quarantine area upon arrival at the new farm.
- The quarantine stall is separated from the resident horses to prevent direct contact between the quarantined horse, other horses, and people.
Moving Horse from Quarantine to General Population
- Your horse is moved into a thoroughly cleaned and disinfected stall.
- Use vector control products on your horse appropriately (fly sheet and mask, fly spray, and/or feed additives).
General Equine Health
- Have your veterinarian guide you on a parasite control program.
- Learn healthy vital sign values and how your horse normally runs.
Medical and Travel Records
- Have your horse microchipped and registered.
Returning to the Farm from Travel
- Quarantine your horse when you arrive back to your home farm from traveling.
Cleaning and Disinfection
- Disinfect tack by placing it in the sun.
Education and Announcements
- Research biosecurity protocols and disease risks in your area.