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Posted by Equestrian Western Australia on 30/08/2018.

Addressing Reports Regarding the SEC Stables

EWA recently became aware of several social media reports stating that horses that had attended the SEC had developed skin conditions, allegedly in relation to use of the SEC stables.

EWA consulted with an Equine veterinarian on this matter and determined that the SEC’s cleaning and management practices are suitable for Australian conditions. We are very lucky that the external parasites that are often prevalent in Europe are not a problem in Australian stable bedding and the likelihood of infestation is extremely remote. The most common cause of skin conditions in horses would be from insect bites (most likely flying).

The SEC is situated close to the Swan River so at certain times of the year there are areas of free-standing water where flying insects may be present. Currently, EWA does not carry out insecticide fogging of the stable area or SEC grounds due to the small number and inconsistent nature of incident reports, the likely consequences of an insect bite reaction and the understanding that all chemicals used have additional consequences.

We are fortunate to partner with Snoozle who supplies high quality, kiln-dried, organic pine shavings for use in the SEC stables. This is a quality product made from a non-chemically treated plantation softwood (Pinus Radiata) sourced from managed forests certified to the Australian Forestry Standard AS 4708 and globally recognised by PEFC. EWA has great confidence in this product.

EWA views the welfare of the horse as paramount in our sport and will continue to manage the SEC with this foremost in our policies. With thousands of horses moving through the venue each year, it is important that the SEC and its users work together to observe good biosecurity measures. The SEC will continue to monitor this issue. Owners are also reminded to ensure that horses are healthy and free of any parasites or diseases before visiting the SEC.

If you notice any issues, please report it immediately to [email protected] or 9296 1200. Please provide us with as much information as possible regarding the incident (e.g. dates/times you were at the venue, the areas used, photos of the issue and any supporting documentation from your veterinarian if the horse was treated).

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