Biosecurity and horse health

Educational resources

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New, returning or visiting horses

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Horse venue biosecurity workbook. Download from Farm Biosecurity horse page here.

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Horse biosecurity glovebox guide (A5 landscape) Download PDF

Further Horse SA resources can be found on our YouTube and Slideshare channels (Seach #HorseSA and #biosecurity)- and remember to check out our events page, as biosecurity planning sessions are held from time to time. 

A Google search will find many more biosecurity resources which will assist horse owners, clubs and businesses to prepare a biosecurity plan. Useful links include:


Horse SA webinar recording: Biosecurity tips for horse events
Equestrian Queensland Biosecurity Toolbox

Redwings Horse Sanctuary: Stamp out Strangles 

Industry and Government websites:

Primary Industries South Australia - horses 

Australian Interstate Quarantine Information

Department for Agriculture- Horse Industry Consultative Committee
Department for Agriculture- Importing live horses

Animal Health Australia

Farm Biosecurity


Property Identification Codes
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Property Identification Codes (PIC): Registration is mandatory in South Australia for all properties with one livestock or more

e.g. horse, alpaca, sheep. Visit Biosecurity SA for more information. 

About Australian Horse Industry Biosecurity Arrangments

Australia maintains a very high biosecurity status, and every horse owner contributes through how horses, people and properties are managed.


To help understand the roles of livestock and horse organisations and their nominated Industry Liaison Officer (ILO) representatives in supporting a disease response, Animal Health Australia has developed a free online course.



The National Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline -  call 1800 675 888



Horse Industry Emergency Disease Obligations

On the 3rd March 2011, horse industry representatives signed the Emergency Animal Disease Cost Sharing Agreement (EADRA) on the lawns of Parliament House, Canberra. EADRA is a formal, legally binding agreement between Animal Health Australia, the Australian Government, all state and territory governments and the signatory horse organisations. Racing Australia, Harness Racing Australia, Equestrian Australia and the Australian Horse Industry Council signed on behalf of the whole horse industry after some eight years of national consultation. EADRA allows the horse industry to take an active part with all stakeholders in biosecurity planning and decision making, using the agreed protocols as outlined in AUSVETPLAN.  A short video records the importance of the day.


The EADRA deed signing is coupled with an emergency disease response cost recovery mechanism, regulated by the Horse Disease Response Levy Act 2011 and the  Horse Disease Response Levy Collection Act 2011.  Horse SA  undertook a role working with Animal Health Australia on the drafting the Horse Venue Biosecurity Workbook- launched at the same event.


Social riding with hounds

Social riding with hounds

Adelaide Hunt Club



Southern Vales Dressage Club, Aldinga. Photo PYT Equine Photography

Endurance riding

Endurance riding

Northern Adelaide beaches Photo Shirley Ellis

Victor Harbor, South Australia Horse drawn tram

Horse industry

Horse industry

Trail riding

Trail riding

Gawler Trail Horse Riders Club. Beltana Station, Flinders Ranges. Photo: Tamara Godfrey

Events, shows, festivals

Events, shows, festivals

Australian International Three Day Event



The Kidman Trail, McLaren Vale Photo: Michael Mullen

Thoroughbred racing

Thoroughbred racing

Port Lincoln Racecourse Photo: M.Coles