Many owners are unaware that horses are considered a food-producing animal and there is a section (often section IX) in the passport which declares whether the horse is to be included or excluded from entering the food chain. This can be understandably distressing to hear, but horses can be easily excluded from entering the food chain by a signature from the owner or a representative of the owner (including vets). Once the exclusion has been signed, it is permanent and can never be reversed. Permanent exclusion means there are no restrictions on veterinary treatment or medications.
If you elect to include your horse into the food chain, veterinary treatment is restricted as certain medications such as Danilon, Equipalazone, and Relaquine can be harmful to human health. Please contact the practice if you have any further questions about this.