Foot And Mouth Horse Links


Foot and Mouth Disease Links

You should first visit the UK DEFRA web site for the lastest foot and mouth disease news, controls and orders.

Don't forget almost everywhere in the UK is business as usual, don't cancel your trips or holidays to rural places. To find out more and book a holiday see,

Equiworld Horse News Index including message board area -

2001 Links - Helpful Foot and Mouth Disease Links

2001 - Rural Facilities shut down,
access to lakes and sports facilities denied.

In 2001 Equiworld was flooded with requests for information about how Foot and Mouth Disease affects horses and ponies and how people can help stop its spread. Below you will find links to sites with information and contact numbers which people found useful. Many shows and events were cancelled, even in areas not affected.


2001 Moors closed down, rural businesses collasped,
many never recovered.

You should first visit the UK DEFRA web site for the lastest news.

Foot and Mouth Advice From The Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Guide for Event Organisers.
Sporting Information


2001 - Infected areas cut through towns preventing access to some businesses.
Footpaths, roads and parks closed in infected areas.

BEF Foot and Mouth Disease Guidelines

The BHS Web Site. (See infomation on horses)

The ABRS Web Site,

The BEF Web Site,

The NFU Web Site, (Press Releases)

BHTA - Events Notice Board,

The Pony Club - Foot and Mouth Information

BSJA - Foot and Mouth Information

British Dressage - Foot and Mouth Information

British Horse Racing Board - Foot and Mouth Information

Cumbria - The Lake District - The Foot and Mouth Situation

Heart of

Avis - The Institute for Animal Health

Sheepdrove Farm

Truth or Fiction?

The Countryside Alliance

The Soil Association

The Farmer's Weekly

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

The Rural Development Organisation

The Samaritans

The National Farmer's Union (NFU)

NFU Countryside

Members of Parliament

Scottish Parliament

The British Veterinary Association

The Wholesome Food Association

The Meat and Livestock Commission

The National Pig Association

Farmers for Action

Barrier Matting

What are we swallowing?

The Silent Majority

The Smallholders Society

Action to aid the Tourist Industry

Elm Farm Research Centre

2001 - Paths closed on hills, moors and mountains.

If you are in an affected area, you must follow all instructions of the officials, and take note of signs. (Note, it may be a criminal offence to remove, obscure, deface or tamper with official notices)

2001 - Park rangers exclude visitors,
those ignoring signs risked £5000 fines and jail.

27 February 2001

The British Horse Society is being inundated with calls from worried horse owners who have heard that horses would be slaughtered along with livestock on any farm infected with foot and mouth. After reports that officals had been slaughtering all livestock in infected areas including dogs and horses.

Horses would NOT have to be slaughtered. They do not get the disease, and they cannot ‘carry’ the disease in the medical sense, though they can transmit it via their hooves, just as humans can on their boots or cars do on their tyres. The BHS want to reassure horse owners everywhere that horses on infected farms would not have to be slaughtered. This has been confirmed by Animal Health Officers at the Ministry of Agriculture. However, they would probably have to be quarantined. The BHS is advising horse owners not to hack out on bridleways, common land, or moorland, and to stay away from roads in rural areas. Although the movement order does not apply to horses, the BHS advises that horse owners should not transport their horses anywhere, and is asking those holding events to postpone them until the situation is more stable.

Links to Foot and Mouth News On Equiworld

Movement Announcement is a "Hollow Offer" if Farmers Have To Pay (28 June)
Celebrity Support Aims To Boost NFU's Crisis Fund (28 June)
Your Riding Club Needs You! (28 June)
Equine Welfare Centre Reopens to the Public (27 June)
Importation of Horses From the UK - Latest from Department of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (22 June)
NFU Welcomes Special Case For Controlled Animal Movements (21 June)
Armathwaite Hall Horse Trials The Latest Victim Of Foot And Mouth Disease (12 June)
BHS Calls For Bridleways To Be Opened (7 June)
"100 Days Of Hell", NFU On Foot And Mouth (30 May)
Al Maktoum Endurance Cup Cancelled (29 May)
Federation Equestre Internationale News -Update Foot and Mouth Disease (21 May)
Yorkshire FMD Outbreak Shows Need For Continued Vigilance (21 May)
Department simplifies rules for the Importation of Horses from the UK (15 May)
Leg It In London For Farmers (15 May)
Ben Gill Telling World Farmers' Leaders Of British FMD Plight (15 May)
Import Of Horses From The United Kingdom (11 May)
NFU Establishes Online Gateway To Political Candidates (10 May)
Some Pressures To Be Eased Following NFU Calls (4 May)
Swill Ban And Import Measures - Weapons In The Fight Against FMD (3 May)
Progress But No Room For Complacency - NFU (3 May)
NFU And NPA To Spell Out Welfare Concerns At Meeting With Baroness Hayman (3 May)
Burghley Sponsored Ride Cancelled (28 April)
NFU Hits Out At Cuts In Welfare Compensation Rates (26 April)
Warning To Motorists: More Horses On The Roads- BHS (25 April)
MAFF Requests IACS Flexibility After NFU Representations (23 April)
Statement given by Mark Wein, Director, Grandstand Media Ltd regarding the Horse of the Year Show and the FMD Crisis (19 April)
Riding Clubs Association Postpones Popular Two Day Festival (19 April)
Vaccination Remains "A Massive Gamble" - NFU (19 April)
NFU President Ben Gill To Have Further Meting With Chief Scientific Advisor (19 April)
Action Plan For Animals Applauded (18 April)
Ben Gill To Meet Chief Scientific Advisor on Vaccination (18 April)
Series Of Questions Put To Government On Vaccine By NFU (17 April)
Foot and mouth costs farmers' markets £2.5 m (12 April)
NFU Issues Three Golden Rules on Easter Countryside Visits (12 April)
Foot and Mouth Takes Centre Stage at NFU Farm Tax Seminars (12 April)
Disease Forecast Shows Painful Measures Are Working - NFU (11 April)
Plans To Get Restricted Areas Moving Welcomed By NFU (11 April)
Public Want Farmers To Get A Fair Share Of The Bottle (10 April)
Farm Leaders Meet With Prime Minister (9 April)
NFU President To Update Prime Minister on Foot and Mouth (9 April)
NFU Success Should Ensure Farmers Can Stay In Touch (6 April)
Federation Equestre Internationale News Flash 5 April
Federation of Veterinarians of Europe Issues Statement on Foot and Mouth Disease (5 April)
Welfare Scheme Cases Must Be Prioritised - NFU (5 April)
NFU Says There Must Be No Let Up in the Fight Against Foot and Mouth (4 April)
NFU Urges Farmers to Reach Out for Help Being Offered During FMD Crisis (4 April)
Failure to Impose Meat Controls Scandalous - Says NPA (4 April)
Federation Equestre Internationale FEI News 3 April
Loss of Royal Show Shows Depth of FMD Crisis (3 April)
Federation Equestre Internationale News Flash 2 April
NFU Cheered by Farm Aid Gala Evening to Help Farmers (2 April)
NFU Response to Local Elections Announcement (2 April)
Federation Equestre Internationale FEI News 30th March
HORSE RIDERS: what you can and can’t do - BHS (30th March)
Further Dialogue Needed on Vaccine Issue - NFU (30th March)
FMD puts Horse Welfare at Risk - ILPH (30th March)
"Positive Signs" from Downing Street Meeting - NFU (29th March)
Goliath and his friends need help and fast...... Please? (28th March)
NFU in Detailed Talks on Next Foot and Mouth Steps (28th March)
Foot and Mouth Disease - Updated list of cancelled events - FEI (27th March)
Tighter Import Checks to "Stop This Ever Happening Again" - NFU (27th March)
Foot and Mouth outbreak causes cancellation of Royal Windsor Horse Show (23rd March)
FEI News Flash Updated list of events cancelled due to Foot & Mouth Disease (23rd March)
Slaughter and Disposal Procedures Raise Questions Regarding Potential Avian Spread of Foot and Mouth (23rd March)
Talk to Farmers on Extended Cull, NFU Tells Government (23rd March)
Important Changes to HOYS Qualifiers (22nd March
FEI News Flash 22 March 2001 FOOT & MOUTH DISEASE UPDATE (22nd March)
Foot and Mouth Welfare Scheme will Prevent Suffering - NFU (22nd March)
FMD - Association of Irish Riding Clubs Cancels All Activities (22nd March)
EFI Urges Vigilance on FMD Outbreak (22nd March)
Ben Gill Gives Situation Report to Prime Minister (22nd March)
In response to the FMD crisis, The Irish Showjumpers Club and The Irish Pony Club made the following announcements (22nd March)
Army Equitation School Postpones 75th Anniversary Celebration (22nd March)
Last World Cup Qualifier Cancelled Due to FMD (21st March)
FEI News Flash - Foot and Mouth Disease (21st March)
Foot & Mouth delays Opening of State of the Art Equine Centre (21st March)
NFU Sets Up Fund After Receiving Floods of Donations (21st March)
Foot and Mouth Disease: cancellations update (20th March, FEI)
24 Hour Action Needed on Infected Animals NFU Tells PM
Prime Minister Urged to Give Hope to Farmers
"Please Help Us to Say Thank You" - NFU
Farmers put their Views to Chief Vet in Cumbria
Events Cancelled due to Foot & Mouth as of 16th March 2001 (FEI)
Hilton Herbs Golden Horseshoe Ride Will Not Go Ahead (BERA)
NFU Response to Advice on Countryside Activities
Foot and Mouth Measures "Grim but Inevitable" - NFU
NFU Supports "Pre-Emptive Strike" Against Disease
New Foot and Mouth Measures Imminent After NFU Meeting
Londoners to Pray for Farmers in Foot and Mouth Crisis
Foot and Mouth must not prevent Higher Milk Prices
Do Not Abandon Us - NFU's Message to Prime Minister
Ben Gill to Meet Prime Minister on Foot and Mouth
Further Crisis Meetings Held As Foot and Mouth Crisis Enters Third Week
Further Movement of Livestock Offers Relief for some Farmers
Chief Vet's Comments Reinforce Need for Caution - NFU
NFU Says Thanks For Your Help
NFU Raises Foot and Mouth Animal Welfare Alarm with Minister
Farmers Thank BHS for their Help over Foot and Mouth
Ukasta and the NFU Issue Reminder on Disinfectant
NFU Meets Race Authorities on Foot and Mouth
NFU Appeals to Horse Community - Please don't Resume Racing
The role of the Institute for Animal Health in the current outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in the UK
NFU Welcomes Government and EU Speed to Help Farmers in Crisis

Foot and Mouth Disease - ‘The Equine Industry Speaks With One Voice’
NFU Gains Valuable Grazing Derogation during Crisis
Animal Movement will ensure British Meat is Kept on Shelves
Horses Need Not Be Slaughtered (The BHS)
Foot and Mouth will cost Three Quarters of a Billion in 3 Months (The NFU)

NFU Works to get Practical Help during Crisis (The NFU)
Temporary Closure of all ILPH Recovery and Rehabilitation Centres (The ILPH)
NFU President to brief Fischler on Foot and Mouth situation (The NFU)
Budget must be sensitive to Foot and Mouth Catastrophe (The NFU)
Foot and Mouth Precautions (Baileys Horse Feeds)
Joint Statement from The British Endurance Riding Association, The Endurance Horse & Pony Society & The Scottish Endurance Riding Club On The Outbreak of Foot & Mouth Disease
Endurance Cancels all Rides as a Precaution in Foot and Mouth Outbreak
Foot & Mouth Outbreak (The BHS)