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National Farm and Facility Level Biosecurity User Guide for the Equine Sector
Annex 13: Separating sick horses

Separating sick horses requires preventing direct contact between horses (for example nose-to-nose contact, social interaction and breeding) and indirect contact with surfaces that may be contaminated (for example, tack, water buckets, hands, clothing, footwear, stall walls, and bedding). Finding sufficient space to separate horses can be difficult.


Designate a location to house and treat sick horses.

Supplies and equipment

Equipment, supplies and miscellaneous items for separating sick horses
Equipment Supplies Miscellaneous
  • Waterer and feeder
  • Water bucket
  • Hose
  • Boot wash pail
  • Boot brush
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Pitchfork, shovel, broom
  • Garbage container
  • Blankets
  • Halter, lead, twitch, brushes, foot picks
  • Water
  • Coveralls/cover-ups or set of additional outer clothes
  • Rubber boots or disposable boot covers
  • Disposable exam gloves, work gloves
  • Soap, disinfectant, hand sanitizer
  • Paper towels
  • Garbage bags
  • Medications, thermometer
  • Permanent marker, coloured tape
  • Biosecurity signage
  • Entry/visitor log
  • Written standard operating procedures
  • Horse identification, owner and veterinary contact information
  • Medical treatment record, temperature record
  • Pest management
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