Hunting Office update: 9 am, 12th February 2019
The BHA has announced the resumption of racing on Wednesday within ‘a risk framework’. This includes restrictions in areas where equine influenza has been diagnosed, strict biosecurity measures and that all runners must have been vaccinated against equine influenza in the last 6 months.
Veterinary advice is clear that horses that are vaccinated suffer less if infected and are less likely to spread the disease. Responsible owners will make sure that all vaccinations are up to date. If it has been longer than six months since the last vaccination, it is recommended that owners discuss a booster with their veterinary surgeon.
Advice regarding hunting remains the same. Hunting was not suspended and that remains the case. However, Hunts should take into account local issues, and where they are uncertain seek local veterinary advice on the biosecurity measures applicable to their country or parts of it.
Useful links with information about Equine Influenza include
The Animal Health Trust: https://www.aht.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/What-to-do-with-equine-flu.pdf and
The British Equestrian Federation Q&A. https://www.britishhorseracing.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/Equine-Influenza-QandA-10-02-19-1.pdf
is the administrative hub for the Council of Hunting Associations. The Hunting Office exists to help and advise Masters and its member Hunts. It represents and supports packs of hounds from fourteen hunting associations in England, Scotland and Wales, providing advice on all matters regarding hunting activities, hunt management and hound health & welfare.
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