The General Committee of MGA(GB) have considered the advice of the British Equestrian Federation concerning the recent outbreak of equine influenza. There continue to be more cases and these seem to arise for the most part where vaccinated animals are coming into contact with unvaccinated ones. Many equestrian show venues are also now imposing a requirement that all horses and ponies be vaccinated.

We know that most of our members have their ponies vaccinated but there will be a minority who do not. Obviously we want to make sure we do our utmost for the welfare of our horses and ponies. In the circumstances they have decided that with immediate effect we will adopt the BEF Guidelines. Please note the following

1. Checking Equine ID passports of all Horses attending Events

Any horses and or ponies attending an MGAGB event must have received two injections for primary vaccination against equine influenza given no less than 21 days and no more than 92 days apart. Only these two injections need to have been given before a horse/pony can attend. In addition, if sufficient time has elapsed a first booster injection must be given no less than 150 days and no more than 215 days after the second injection of the primary vaccination. Subsequently, booster injections must be given at intervals of not more than one year apart.

Some of the venues we use may also impose a six month booster requirement on local veterinary advice. We therefore strongly advise that you also have an additional booster vaccination from your vet. We will let you know if this applies to any of our venues so you are aware of this at when making entries and you have enough time to comply.

Any horse or pony not complying with the vaccination rules must not be unloaded nor any horse or pony travelling with it and they will not be allowed to participate in any session.

2. Yard hygiene/biosecurity

The BEF also advise that in moving from one premises to another you should

• Change your outer wear to minimise the likelihood of transmission of the flu virus on their clothes
• Change or disinfect shoes or boots before leaving one premises and getting into a vehicle to move to different premises
• Wear disposable gloves or use alcohol hand gel between contact with individual horses and minimise contact with all horses