It is the competitors responsibility to ensure the equipment used is up to current standards. 2020 rules now effective.
See relevant pages for equipment safety & rule changes.
The coloured Velcro tabs on all BETA Level 3 body protectors should not be visible once the garment is fastened. If they can still be seen, the body protector is too small and it is time to get a new one!
The BETA Guide to Bodyprotectors poster is a handy resource to help you keep on top of the fit, fastening and standard of this crucial piece of safety gear. It's great to pin up on the tack room wall! If you'd like one, please visit the BETA website beta-uk.org for a downloadable version or email email@example.com for a laminated poster to be popped in the post.
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Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreak has been confirmed at an equestrian centre in Hampshire.
As the disease can spread easily and has the potential for serious consequences, the BHS strongly recommends that yards inform others if they have an outbreak so potential in-contact horses can be quickly isolated and monitored to help decrease the risk of spread.
If you have any concerns for your horse contact your vet immediately.
EHV-1 is contagious and can cause respiratory disease, abortion and neurological disease. The virus can be spread by direct and indirect contact such as:
• Horse to horse contact
• Nasal discharge
• Contaminated equipment or by handlers who have been in contact with infected horses
• Via aerosol droplets over short distances by coughing and snorting
Clinical signs for the respiratory disease will be similar to equine flu and include a high temperature, nasal discharge, coughing, loss of appetite and lethargy. Horses affected by the neurological disease may not able to pass urine or droppings, can display signs of poor limb coordination, and in severe cases are unable to stand. Pregnant mares can suddenly and unexpectantly miscarry their unborn foal.
Further EHV advice and the simple steps you can take to prevent disease spread is available from:
'Dead Slow' Campaign
Our ‘Dead? Or Dead Slow’ road safety campaign aims to educate drivers on how to pass horses safely on the road. The key behavioural change messages to drivers are: