Due to the influenza outbreak last year, we asked that all horses attending the hunt should have received a vaccination within the previous 6 months. This stance was taken in line with BHA rules at the time due to our proximity to racing yards and studs combined with our close association with the racing industry. With reduced horse movements during the coronavirus outbreak as well as the minimal number of cases of influenza seen in 2020, the BHA have relaxed their requirements to 12 monthly boosters however this may return to a shorter time period in the future.
For the 2020/21 hunting season, in line with racing’s rules, we will require that all horses have had their primary vaccination course and thereafter have had at least 12 monthly booster vaccinations. If they have recently restarted their course of vaccinations, they will be able to hunt 7 days after the 2nd vaccination of the course. If vaccinations have lapsed, they will need to be restarted.
This requirement will stand for the forthcoming season but may change depending upon further guidance.
For more detailed information about the BHA’s vaccination requirements follow this link: https://www.britishhorseracing.com/regulation/equine-influenza-update/
To check your vaccinations, this vaccination calculator may be helpful: http://brenda.britishhorseracing.com/vaccs/