Setting up and using a isolation stable will dramatically improve the
biosecurity of you yard and will help to limit any disease spread should a horse contract
an infectious disease.
The isolation stable should also be used for new horses in case they are incubating
an infectious disease on arrival at your yard.

Ensure all visitors to the yard are aware of the isolation area and contact with this area
is kept to the minimum essential personnel.
Horses in an isolation facility should have accurate records kept, including temperature
and any clinical problems seen.

How long should horses be in isolation?
• New arrivals to the yard should be isolated for at least 14-21 days.
• Horses with suspected or confirmed disease should be isolated
until cleared by the vet.

Location
• It is key that wherever the isolation facility is located it is as far
as possible from other horses (at least 10m) and that there is
minimal personnel visiting the area.

• Stable
– Ideally the isolation area should be a stable or stable block that
is distant from the main stabling area and in a separate airspace.
– If there is no separate stable available then leaving the stables
empty on either side and marking out a quarantine area on the
floor to prevent general access is the next best alternative.

• Field
– Can be as simple as a field that is remote from the main yard,
entrance and roadways.
– In some cases it may be necessary to use double fencing (can
be electric fencing) to prevent contact between the isolated horse
and the main herd.

Equipment
• There should be separate mucking out, feeding
(including water) and grooming equipment.
• There should be a separate muck heap where possible.

In this case the isolation stable we manufactured and installed is ideal as all feed stuffs tools and equipment can be kept separately from the rest of the yard for the quarantine duration.

Personnel
• Ensure all visitors to the yard are aware of the quarantine
area and the protocol associated with entering this area.
• Restrict the number of people who need to enter the
quarantine facility.
• For routine management, horses in the isolation area
should be dealt with last.
• All dogs, cats and other horses should be kept away.

Hygiene
• Hands should always be thoroughly washed with
a suitable disinfectant after contact with horses in
isolation even if disposable gloves have been worn.
• Boots should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected
after leaving the isolation area. A disinfectant footbath
that allows foot and ankle to be covered is ideal.
• Use overalls that cover all clothing when dealing with
a horse in isolation. Be careful not to contaminate clothing
when removing overalls when leaving the isolation area.
• Overalls must be either disposable or washed at 60ºC.

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