Equine Recommendations

Biosecurity Overview

Vermont enjoys a diverse equine population, comprised of over 13,000 horses utilized for work, pleasure, therapy, breeding and competition.  As horses move within Vermont and into other states for a multitude of reasons, they are exposed to viruses, bacteria and other pathogens that may cause disease.  Even horses that stay home may be at risk for disease due to the manner in which pathogens are transmitted.  It is imperative that every horse owner and handler familiarize themselves with the principles of equine biosecurity and ensure that these tenets are consistently implemented at home, at boarding facilities and in competitive venues.  Equine biosecurity refers to a set of preventive measures designed to reduce the risk for introduction and transmission of infectious disease.

Biosecurity Resources

It is important to remember the adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" when identifying ways to protect your equine companions.  The following resources contain biosecurity recommendations that you can easily implement at home and on the road, as well as tools that you can use everywhere horses are living, competing, or commingling.