Equine Influenza (Horse flu)
Sadly some horses get the Equine flu, so we decided to put some info on our site

Equine influenza (Horse flu) refers to varieties of Influenzavirus A that are endemic in horses. Horse flu viruses were first isolated in 1956. There are two main types of virus called equine-1 (H7N7) which commonly affects horse heart muscle and equine-2 (H3N8) which is usually more severe. Horse flu is endemic throughout the world.

The disease has a nearly 100% infection rate in an unvaccinated horse population that has not been previously exposed to the virus. The incubation time is one to five days.

The Equine flu is often passed on by sharing saddlery and tack so make sure if you have a horse with the equine flu that they don't share anything with other horses. It can also get passed on by contact so make sure that a horse with the flu stays well away from the other horses. I know it sounds cruel but it's for other horses good, wouldn't you rather one horse with the flu instead of two?

Horses with horse flu can run a fever, have a dry hacking cough, have a runny nose, and become depressed and reluctant to eat or drink for several days but usually recover in 2 to 3 weeks.

"Vaccination schedules generally require a primary course of 2 doses, 3-6 weeks apart, followed by boosters at 6-12 month intervals. It is generally recognised that in many cases such schedules may not maintain protective levels of antibody and more frequent administration is advised in high-risk situations."

The equine influenza is a terrible virus that many horses suffer, it is painful and I hate to say it but very occasionall in some cases it can even be life threatening, especially to old horses, foals, yearlings and most certianlly horses that are already sick.