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Medical Armbands  


We cannot always verify the accuracy of any statement by subscribers, readers MUST verify facts for themselves, and UK Horse Directory cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies.

Any opinion expressed is not necessarily shared by this publication.


Medical Arm Bands

Just a reminder that Medical Arm Bands are now compulsory at all Riding Club Cross Country events (inc. Hunter Trials and One Day Events) in line with British Eventing rules. These are available from local equestrian suppliers or Head Office and should be fully completed before the event. This is in the interests of your safety. Christmas stocking filler? 

You may also have read recently that the BRC advice regarding how to wear body protectors has changed since it was pointed out that their advice was contrary to the advice of the manufacturers. The advice is now to wear them in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations (most manufacturers recommend that they should be worn as close to the body as practical)


Horse Passports   

With effect from January 2004, under new legislation, all horses and ponies and all other members of the family equidae, in England are required to have an identity card or passport identifying that animal and containing Section ix veterinary pages. This legislation is intended to ensure that no equine treated with any veterinary medicines  not authorised for use in animals intended for food can be slaughtered for human consumption.

The section ix veterinary pages require that the owner/s declare that the animal is intended or not for human consumption, and allows certain veterinary medicines administered to the animal to be recorded.

ALL equines need a  passport weather or not that animal is intended for human consumption.

Every equine must have a passport by the age of 6 months, or earlier if it permanently leaves the premises at which it was born before the age of 6 months.

It is the responsibility  of the owner to obtain a passport, but if the animal is on loan, then the passport should be held by the keeper of the animal.

Each animal  MUST be accompanied by its own passport whenever:-

1.      It is moved for competition purposes to another premises.

2.      it is moved to the premises of another keeper/owner.

3.      It is moved in or out of Great Britain.

4.      It is moved to a slaughter house for slaughter.

5.      It is moved on any other occasion specified by the regulatory organisation. 

As usual there are penalties; Max. £5,000. for cases involving 1 to 10 animals. And a max fine of £1,000. per animal over 10.  Second offences may result in a maximum of one month’s imprisonment. 

or ring 0845-933-5577


Flu Vaccination Certificates

Members competing at many competitions are required to have a valid flu vaccination  certificate for their horse. Some organisers may ask for photocopies in advance so that checking can be done before the day; on the day, however, competitors may not be admitted to the showground if they are unable to produce a valid certificate.

To help you check your certificate, the following is a summary (see also BRC Rule Book)

The minimum vaccinations (for horses born after 1st Jan 1980) are

Primary and Secondary done at an interval of between 21 and 92 days.

Boosters must be done as follows:

First booster between 150 and 215 days after Secondary.
Subsequent boosters within one calendar year.

If your horse's history does not comply, then you will need to restart with primary & secondary vaccinations, remembering that the last one must be not less than a clear week before the day of the competition, or entry to the competition stables.

The certificate must also clearly identify your horse. Has the vet completed the diagram and description? Have you entered the competition under the official name or your 'stable' name?



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