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Spreading sickness

When your horse is sick, it can be very distressing, but there are steps you can take to keep any infection from spreading to others horses or animals.


  • If your horse becomes sick, isolate it from other horses, other animals and people, and take appropriate personal biosecurity measures just in case your horse has a disease such as the deadly Hendra virus, which is transmissible to people.
  • Seek your vet’s advice as soon as possible.
  • Use separate equipment, including rugs, halters, lead ropes, feed bins, and grooming brushes, for the sick horse – ideally, keep using separate equipment but, at the very least, disinfect all your equipment before using it on other horses.
  • Always handle healthy horses before handling sick horses so you don’t spread disease.