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Paddock protection

While vegetation in your paddocks provides natural shelter for your horse, be aware that you still need to take steps to minimise health risks.


  • Flying foxes transmit deadly Hendra virus so make sure you remove your horses’ food and water containers away from trees – instead locate them under a shelter.
  • If possible, keep your horse out of paddocks that have flowering and fruiting trees – they may attract flying foxes.
  • Vaccinate your horse against Hendra virus. Government authorities state that vaccination is the single most effective way of reducing the risk of Hendra virus infection in horses1
  • Keep your paddocks as free of manure as possible to help minimise the risk of worms and intestinal parasites.
  • Rest and rotate your horse paddocks to help prevent parasites from taking hold.