New protocol for Zone Visits!

January 2022 – Due to increasing popularity we have amended our Zone Call System to allow us to keep them running efficiently and giving the vets extra time to see more horses!

Please see terms and conditions below:

Extended Free Zone Visit Scheme

Our Free Zone Visit Scheme allows you to receive a free visit on a certain day each week, provided your horse is stabled within our T3 Zone or closer (this equates to approximately 14 miles from CV47 2QX).

By planning ahead and booking your Free Zone Visit in by 12pm the day before, you can save money and keep on top of your horse’s health.

To qualify for a FREE Zone Visit;

1.    All calls must be booked in by 12pm the day before your allocated Zone Day

2.    Only procedures booked in will be carried out, unfortunately we cannot accommodate requests for additional procedures unless they are booked by 12pm the day before the visit

3.    Your Yard must be within our T3 Area or closer (this equates to approximately 14 miles from CV47 2QX, please telephone the Clinic if you are unsure of your area) Please see map for more details.

4.    We cannot accommodate requests for a particular Vet or time of day. Certain in-depth procedures cannot be carried out on a Free Zone Visit, particularly those which involve further Nursing or Veterinary Assistance e.g. x-raying,  Ultrasound scan, Endoscopy/Gastroscopy, Acupuncture or time specific appointments e.g. sedate for dentist, farrier or clipping.

5.    On the day before your visit please call the office between 4 & 5 pm and our reception team will advise you of your time slot.  Please be aware that this may be subject to slight change but we will always inform you if this is the case.We do need to speak to you to confirm your visit.

6. You will also receive a phone call a minimum of 15 minutes before the Vet is due to arrive on the day, to ensure you have the horses stabled or caught, and all documents such as passport ready. It is important that you are there and ready on time as the Vet may not be able to wait and if  do they wait we will have to charge a waiting  time fee.  There must be a suitable person available to handle the horse for the Vet for the requested procedures.

7.    There are a limited number of Free Zone Calls available per day. Slots will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Priority will be given to Clients with a clear balance.

8.    Payment is to be made either prior to the visit or at the time of visit- you will be told at the time of booking which this will be. Payment at the time can be made by cash, card or cheque.

9. Any visits not paid within 24 hours will be charged a full call out fee – please make sure you call the office immediately to ensure your free/zone visit.

Those Clients who are outside our Free Zone Visit area can still take advantage of our standard Zone Visits, please call the office for more information.

All visits must be booked in via the Spring Paddocks Equine Clinic on 01926 612937.

Please see our Zone Map to see when you Zone day is!


COVID Policy Update

Following government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we have decided to continue to keep our waiting room and clinic closed to visitors for the time being to enable us to keep the Spring Paddocks Team and our clients as safe as possible.

We are also requesting masks are worn when vets are on yards, if you are unable please advise the vet as they arrive.

If you are self isolating or showing any symptoms of Covid 19 please contact the Clinic so we can take the necessary precautions e.g. take a nurse to hold the horse, move the visit if not urgent.


Your horse’s vaccination schedule against equine influenza will look like this…

First Vaccination                           Day 0                    (e.g. 1 March 2014)

Second Vaccination                      21 – 92 days        (e.g. 1 April 2014)

First Booster                                   Within seven months of second vaccination of the primary course (e.g. 1 October 2014).

Subsequent boosters                   Minimum within one year of previous booster vaccination

Booster if competing                   Within six months + 21 days of the previous booster vaccination

Please telephone the Office if you would like to book a booster vaccination or if you would like to discuss any aspects of your horse’s health with one of our Vets.


Vaccination reminders by text

We are sending out vaccination reminders by text message.

We feel this will offer you a more efficient service, however if you do not want to receive these texts there is an opt out option or speak to the office and we will of course send you a postcard as before.

Regulations with regard to Prescription Only Medicines

All passports will be required to be checked by the vet or reception to ascertain that your horse has been signed out of the food chain before any drugs can be dispensed.

In order to be prescribed certain drugs (including bute) your horse must be signed out of the food chain, i.e. you must sign section IX “is not intended for human consumption”, and have it countersigned by a veterinary surgeon. This has become more important due to the recent horse meat scare and the subsequent enforcing of the law by the governing bodies. Your co-operation is very much appreciated. Trading standards are carry out stop checks on various equine premises.

Controlled/prohibited drugs

There are a number of drugs that are banned for use:

  • in horses possibly intended for human consumption
  • for horses competing under FEI competition rules
  • for race horses racing under Jockey Club/HRA rules.

Horses possibly intended for human consumption

Under the 2005 UK horse passport legislation, there are a number of drugs that cannot be given to a horse unless a declaration that the horse will not be going for human consumption has been made in the ‘medicinal treatment’ section of the passport. If one of the following banned drugs has to be administered, the declaration must be signed at that time:

  • Acepromazine (ACP)
  • Arqual
  • Chloramphenicol (inc eye preparations)
  • Danilon
  • Depomedrone
  • Equipalazone
  • Excenel
  • Grisiofulvin
  • Metronidazole
  • Pentobarbitone
  • Pethadine
  • Prodynam
  • Sedalin
  • Somulose

Horses competing under FEI or Jockey Club/HRA rules

In addition to stringent equine influenza vaccination regulations, there are a number of drugs that must not be detected in the system of a sports horse competing under FEI competition rules or a racehorse racing under Jockey Club / HRA rules. It is the responsibility of the owner to inform the veterinary surgeon if a horse is likely to be competing within the detection time of a particular drug. Banned drugs are listed below together with a guide to the length of time the drug remains detectable in the horse’s system when tested in a laboratory. Detection times cannot be guaranteed. New diction procedures are under constant revision.  N.B. detection times should not be confused with withdrawal times, which can vary.

Banned drugs for horses competing under FEI competition rules

Visit the FEI website

Jockey Club/Horse Racing Regulatory Authority banned drugs

The Regulatory role of the Jockey Club was taken over by the Horseracing Regulatory Authority (HRA) in 2006. The HRA Veterinary Department has published new information relating to medication use in racehorses on their website including information relating to stringent equine influenza vaccination regulations and doping control policies and procedures.

Banned drugs are constantly being charged/updated as are detection times and withdrawal times so we no longer list these drugs  so please refer to the HRA website.

Competitions under FEI & Jockey Club Rules

The two main bodies controlling competition horses are the Jockey Club and the Federation Equestre International (FEI). The Jockey Club controls horse racing and the FEI (set up to administer equestrian sports in 1921) controls the following horse sports internationally: showjumping, dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, reining, para-Olympics and Horse of the Year Show showing classes.

These sports are controlled by the FEI Statutes, General Regulation and specifically Veterinary Regulations. There are also rules and regulations for the disciplines, full details of which are available on the FEI website, the most important of which from a veterinary point of view include certified vaccinations and banned drugs.

Dates for your diary 2022

    • 14th February 2022 – Discounted Gastroscopy Clinic  – at Spring Paddocks Clinic
    • 25th April 2022Discounted Gastroscopy Clinic  – at Spring Paddocks Clinic