Equine flu

A horse riding centre near Burnham-On-Sea has put its yard on ‘lockdown’ due to concerns about the ongoing equine flu outbreak across the country.

Alstone Court in Alstone, Highbridge announced the decision on Saturday as a precaution to keep its horses healthy as the flu outbreak effects horses elsewhere and has led to all UK horse racing being halted.

An Alstone Court spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com; “Due to Equine Influenza now being confirmed in the southwest and getting closer to us, we have decided to put our yard on to lockdown of horses coming on site or off site.”

She added: “Lessons are still running as normal. We will see how everything unfolds over the next few days.”

“We would much rather our horses stay healthy and err on the side of caution, rather than potentially become ill.” Burnham-On-Sea.com

“The welfare of our horses is the most important thing to us.”

Another local horse riding facility, Badgworth Arena, added: “We have decided as a precaution, due to the equine flu outbreak, to cancel shows until further notice.”