2 When deciding whether to postpone or cancel a scheduled ride, ride managers are advised to consult with their head control judge and consider the most recent outbreak information, paying particular attention to the location of infected or sick animals in proximity to their ride, and in proximity to their likely rider participant base.
3 If it is determined a ride shall continue as scheduled, ride managers and head control judges are encouraged to work together to consider the exposure risks to EHV-1 at the ride. It is recommended that ride managers and head control judges together determine what biosecurity measures (if any) against EHV-1 might be appropriate for their ride. Potential risk reduction measures could include monitoring body temperatures on horses before the event, reducing common water source traffic, use of disinfectants as needed, and encouraging riders to limit contact between unknown horses.
4 Before attending a ride, owners/riders are strongly encouraged to take their horses’ temperatures before leaving home. Any temperatures of 102° or above are cause for concern, and the rider should stay home and consult with their veterinarian.
5 Riders and owners should remember that participation in any endurance event, despite the best safety precautions, always carries a risk of injury and/or illness to the equine, including EHV-1 or other infectious diseases.
Jeanette L. Mero, DVM
Chair, AERC Veterinary Committee
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