Equine Disease Coalition

Nasal discharge from a young horse

The Equine Disease Coalition was formed in 2011 to advance awareness and prevention of equine disease in the UK.

The Equine Disease Coalition comprises veterinary representatives from across the equine sector, is currently chaired by Roly Owers from World Horse Welfare, and works closely with Defra, the devolved administrations and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Key documents are below:

Draft notes of 23 May 2019 meeting

Notes of 8 November 2018 meeting

Notes of 10 May 2018 meeting

Equine Disease Coalition Terms of Reference


To help horse owners protect their horses against the ever-present and increasing threat from a number of infectious diseases, we produce a free disease prevention information pack. ‘Keep Your Horse Healthy’ aims to highlight the need for every horse owner to be aware of diseases such as EIA, strangles and flu, and offers simple steps to help protect against their entry and spread, you can request a pack here.

You can also download and print this 'Checklist for Equine Health', which we developed along with equine veterinary specialists, other welfare charities, and Defra. It sets out the practical essentials of good horse care including nutrition, safety, vaccination, parasite control, disease prevention, and transport.