The University of Guelph’s Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM, professor of Pathogiology at the Ontario Veterinary College, offers advice in in three short videos on the importance of quarantine. These videos are part of their Help for Horse Owners series.
In the first video “Biosecurity: How to Use Quarantine to Protect Horses,” he focused on the need to quarantine horses that have been off the farm for whatever reason (i.e., breeding, showing) to be quarantined to reduce the chances of spreading disease to horses on the home farm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-QY0nf9WFg&list=PLF0E5C4E341A8C674
In the next video in the series he discusses “Biosecurity: Protecting Horses Taken Off the Farm.” In this video Weese said, “Any time a horse goes off the farm and encounters other horses, it has a chance of contracting an infectious disease. A few ways to lower those risks include: avoiding nose to nose contact, not sharing water buckets and grooming equipment and not having people that are handling other horses handle your own horses.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zeto4DKCnM&list=PLF0E5C4E341A8C674
The last video in this series is on “Biosecurity: Why Have an Infection Control Plan.” Your biosecurity plan should be discussed with your veterinarian and include items such as cleaning, disinfection, considerations to make when moving horses around, and testing of horses when they become sick.