Wellington, Fla. – Mar. 5, 2021 – The recent outbreak of the EHV-1 virus in Europe has raised concerns among equestrians worldwide about the safety of their horses while at large competitions. The transportation of equines during this time is crucial to controlling a potentially dangerous outbreak. At this time, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that transportation requirements and testing procedures for equine import have not changed. You can access the current response guidelines for Equine Herpes virus set forth by the USDA here.
The health and well-being of the horses that are consigned to travel each and every day is a top priority at EquiJet, and during these uncertain times, we are taking extra precautions to ensure that your horses are protected. Following USDA guidelines and communicating effectively with the veterinarian teams at each port of entry is of utmost importance during an outbreak such as this one, and our team, as well as the USDA teams at each quarantine site, are working diligently to keep your horses safe.
“We have always felt that it is our personal responsibility as equestrian industry professionals to verify that all of the horses we are transporting are healthy and safe to enter the public equestrian community,” shared Bastian Schroeder, owner of EquiJet. “We are actively monitoring this situation and working closely with government officials to follow all best practices recommended by the USDA to transport your horse safely and securely.”
The United States Equestrian Federation has set forth the following best practices in regards to keeping your horse safe:
• Review and ensure you are prepared for quick implementation of an isolation plan at a competition grounds and/or at your home farm or facility.
• Check your horse’s temperature twice daily and maintain a temperature log.
• Isolate horses at first signs of symptoms or illness and contact your vet immediately.
• Keep separate feed buckets, brushes, rags, and tack/equipment for each horse.
• Ask your veterinarian about appropriate cleaning solutions.
• Eliminate communal or shared water troughs and buckets.
• Practice hand washing in between handling horses.
• Maintain social distancing for horses; limit nose to nose contact with other horses at the ring.
• Ensure your horse is vaccinated for EHV (Rhinopneumonitis vaccine) in line with GR845.
EquiJet is a leading service provider for equine transportation all over the world. With 30-years of combined experience as equestrians and travel experts, EquiJet can get you and your horses where they need to go in a safe, reliable, and professional manner.
To request a quote or for more information regarding precautions being taken to protect horses from EVH-1, please visit EquiJet.com.