Great opportunity for retailers and manufacturers of equine health care and biosecurity products.

Equine Health Week – to run from 28 November to 4 December – will urge the UK’s equestrian community to reduce disease risks to their horses.

Run by British Equestrian, educational content from leading vets is to feature across its social media channels – with businesses invited to share the information.

Many of the presenting veterinary experts sit on British Equestrian’s Equine Infectious Diseases Advisory Group (EIDAG) which has drawn up a plan for reducing infectious disease spread at equestrian gatherings. 

However, this new initiative covers overall equine health, parasite control and yard biosecurity too.

“Equine Health Week is aimed at everyone who interacts with equines – whether they ride occasionally at a centre, have their own horse or run a bustling yard, everyone has a part to play in the health, wellbeing and welfare of our partners,” said a spokesman for British Equestrian. 

“Based around the theme of ‘reducing disease risk together’, there’s a packed seven-day programme of daily social media posts. 

“We’ll be featuring a ‘disease of the day’, where some of our common – and not-so-common – conditions will be put in the spotlight. 

“There will also be top tips to promote good health management and biosecurity at home and when out competing, and vet talks covering the principles of vaccination, the fight against disease and protection against parasites.”

Highlighting the commercial implications of good equine health, Celia Marr, chair of British Equestrian’s EIDAG, said: “The 2019 equine influenza outbreak in Britain and the equine herpes virus epidemic of 2021, which shut down European competition, serve as reminders of the importance of good practice.

“We’re hopeful Equine Health Week will give guidance and raise awareness for those responsible for horses. We’re also looking forward to launching our handbook for venues, which will be another tool in our campaign for good biosecurity across the equine industry.”

British Equestrian has confirmed that Equine Health Week is to become an annual fixture.

An outline content plan for the week is as follows (topics and experts maybe subject to change):

 Disease of the dayTop tipsVet talk
28 November
Equine Influenza
Richard Newton
Signs of good health
Roly Owers
Equine Influenza vaccination
Richard Newton
29 November
Scott Pirie
Introducing new horses David RendleThe case for six monthly EI vaccination
Richard Newton
30 November
Equine Herpes
Phil Ivens
Biosecurity at home
Celia Marr
The fight against disease: antimicrobial stewardship and antibiotic resistance
Sarah Smith
1 December
Celia Marr
Pre-competition checks Phil IvensProtecting against parasites: anthelmintic resistance
David Rendle
2 December
David Rendle
Competition safety
Richard Newton
The case for EHV vaccination
Phil Ivens
3 December
Breeding diseases
James Crabtree
How disease spreads
British Grooms Association
LAUNCH: venue handbook
Celia Marr
4 December
Exotic diseases
Matthew Robin
Professional visits – staying safe
Jane Nixon
Wrap up of the week

Follow the week – and get involved – across the British Equestrian social channels:

Facebook - @British Equestrian
Instagram - @britishequestrian_official
Twitter - @BritEquestrian
YouTube - @British Equestrian
LinkedIn - @British Equestrian