In case you have not heard already there is a strain of the horse flu (Influenza) Australia is at a stand still for 72 hours ending tuesday horses are not aloud to travel or leave the property nor are floats aloud to be towed with or without horses
A fine of $40,000 and 1 yr in prisonment......note THIS IS NOTE A GAME.
I live in Bundaberg(Queensland)and we don't have any cases upb here yet but I hope it doesn't reach up here. We canceled pony club and Gymkanas. Do you have to put your horse down if it gets it ?
The flu is EVIL!
Gaaaah! You beat me to it!!!! I was going to tell everyone!! LOL!!
But yeah its pretty bad! Like I was gona go to the Warwick Three-day event but no-ones allowed in who isnt supposed to be there and I think some have been found with the Influenza so the bans goung for another 72 hours!!!
Hahaha lol yeh though I might post this just in case peps didnt no lol....i live in ballarat area, your answer to if they get it do they have to be put down....answer to that is no lol as Bee said its just lik human flu but in horse industry.
I no that later on today there were two people caught bringing two horses from NSW in Vic they were on the main high way that goes from sydney to melbourn....now people like that make me really mad just how they don't even listen....thats how this can spread and that's what the lock downs for so that this doesnt happen, but no some people don't listen do they GRRRR...
Just another thing for farriers if you get caught trimming or shoeing any horse that's not theirs then there is a $400,000 fine so its pretty much a forced holiday for farriers.
Yeah I really hope it doesnt get to our pony stud!!
If the flu makes it to aunty lanas stud then we are absolutely stuffed!!
It is a bit like chicken pox in children......it just spreads like wildfire!
But back onto the stud farm.......all breedings have been cancelled and we can't take them to any shows.
I really hope it doesnt get tango :(
Because she is so young it will really affect her
And we are also pretty lucky because we got the farrier in before then ban was declared
I don't mind the racing ban because all the people involved (gamblers, owners, guests, visitors, jockeys etc.) should be more worried about the health of their horses but not being able to ride around the forest and stuff is pretty annoying.....also I have been training for the adelaide show for ages (we were going to take some horses/ponies out there and ride them in some events) but now we can't even ride outside our front gate!
Good luck to all the other horse/pony owners out there......hope no other horses or ponies come down with equine flu.
Fingers crossed that it doesnt reach honey ridge (our stud farm)
EI is not fatal to fit and healthy horses eg. Your fit eventing gelding/racehorse can still get sick but it won't die. It IS fatal however to foals (about 40% of infected foals die), pregnant mares (causes them to abort) and your older retired horses