Ekestrian works hand in hand with the breeders and sellers of each of the lots in the catalog, in order to offer this serenity program:
Questions / Answers to the Expert Charlotte Bourrion, veterinarian, co-manager of Equi Vet Services and in charge of dressage breeders at Ekestrian:
"The prevalence of equine rhinopneumonitis is relatively low in Europe"
Question. At this time, can you give us clear information on the extent of Rhino in France?
Answer. "At this date in France, 15 outbreaks with an epidemiological link to Valencia have been identified. They are isolated, and currently no horse has died. "
"Provided that the breeding studs and stables continue to apply the measures in effect, the end of the epidemic should take place in the first half of April"
Q. When do you expect the end of the equine rhinopneumonitis epidemic?
A. "This year, vigorous measures were taken immediately after the first outbreak in Valencia, by the FEI and most European countries. Thanks to this, we can expect the end of this crisis during April. "
"The probability of having Rhino related mortality in your stables is very low".
Q. What differences do you make between the 2018 outbreak and the one we are currently experiencing?
A. In France, (with the exception of the outbreaks directly related to Valencia), the number of cases of herpes virosis, declared to the respe, is stable compared to previous years at the same period. The equine sector has learned the lessons of the 2018 epidemic very well by responding very quickly and very effectively in 2021. Thus, if every professional in the industry continues these efforts, the probability of having in your stables mortality related to rhinopneumonia is very low.
Currently, competitions are banned in most European countries and a significant communication warns riders and owners about the risks and prevention plans.
"In Valencia, it is because of a very specific context that Rhinopneumonia spread so quickly. "
Q. Many deaths in Valencia: why is it not the same situation in France?
A. In Valencia the rhino epidemic broke out during a competition involving 850 horses from all over Europe. These horses were housed in removable stalls, where nose-to-nose contact could easily take place through the walls. This promiscuity allowed the virus to spread easily and quickly. This is why many horses fell ill at the same time, overwhelming the health services. In this terrible context, 11 deaths are unfortunately to be deplored.
Protocol "reception of the horse" recommended
If you want to move the horse in your stables, we ask you to apply the simple measures that should be put in place for each new introduction of horses in your workforce: