Equine Biosecurity

Biosecurity means:

Keeping your horses healthy through disease prevention;

  • protecting yourselves, your horses, and your property from disease-causing agents and the introduction of disease

  • reducing and controlling the spread of disease

Remember to always contact your veterinarian with with any biosecurity or horse health questions and concerns.

Biosecurity Resources

Manitoba Horse Council (MHC) hopes to develop and customize its own biosecurity materials for Manitoba equestrians. Presently, fellow provincial equestrian organization Alberta Equestrian Federation has developed some excellent resources in conjunction with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. Please view the following while keeping in mind some information will differ from province to province:

Equine Biosecurity and Best Practices Guide

Biosecurity Brochure

Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs)

SOPs help ensure everyone who is using a facility and/or engaged in a horse's care is aware of the biosecurity standards. Below are sample SOPs you may customize to your equine facility and way of practicing effective biosecurity. SOPs can be used to start a documented biosecurity program to be reviewed by your veterinarian, facility users, horse owners, and service providers.

Entry & Exit Procedures for Quarantine/Isolation

Quarantine Procedures for New Horses

Equine Diseases

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) Info & the Coggins Test

Western/Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis (Horse Sleeping Sickness) Fact Sheet
From the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association (http://www.mvma.ca/)

Saddle up SAFELY - Horse Transmitted Diseases
From the Saddle Up SAFELY program (http://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/saddleup/)

Manure Management

Several provincial departments are involved in the handling and management of livestock manure in Manitoba. Manitoba Conservation responsbilities include administering and enforcing the regulatory requirements related to manure management, while Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) is concerned with its economic aspects.

While this information is largely related to livestock rather than equines, some info may be of interest. Read more at http://www.manure.mb.ca/legislation.php.

CLICK HERE for more Manure Management info from MAFRI.

The Langley Environmental Partners Society of BC offers a Horse Manure Composting Program (http://www.manuremaiden.com/). Keeping in mind some info will differ from province to province, click the following links for more on:

What is Composting?
Compost Systems
Manure Mismanagement
Manure Management Resources

Calculate Biosecurity Risk

Is your farm at risk? Use the Equine Guelph Biosecurity Risk Calculator to find out!


CLICK HERE for the Equine Guelph Vaccination EquiPlanner as well as useful vaccine information.

EIA Fact Sheet

As both the fly season and the show and trail riding season both swing into high gear, it is important to remind horse owners about the importance of annual testing for this disease – which is very contagious and eventually fatal. A culture of testing and quarantine is the only known way to prevent the disease from spreading, as there is no vaccine.

EIA Fact Sheet 

We also encourage you to visit the following CFIA web page on EIA statistics and resources:

Canada's control program for equine infectious anemia (EIA) has made significant progress in reducing the prevalence of the disease in Canada. However, despite the best efforts of the horse industry and governments, EIA continues to be detected in Western Canada, particularly in the northern parts of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as in Yukon.

Horse owners and owners of properties where horses co-mingle should take measures to protect their animals - particularly if they are purchasing or receiving animals from the areas mentioned above.

The CFIA, in collaboration with provinces, territories and horse industry, conducts surveillance for EIA through the national EIA Control Program. Under the program, horse owners voluntarily have their animals tested for the disease.

EIA is a reportable disease under the Health of Animals Regulations. This means that all suspected cases must be reported to the CFIA.




Contact Us

Manitoba Horse Council Office
145 Pacific Avenue
Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2Z6

The office is currently closed to personal callers. Please phone or email as the details below.

Executive Director, Diane David
Phone: (204) 925-5719
Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]