Experts have warned the number of equine flu cases are likely to rise as the eventing season continues.

Over 30 cases of the virus were confirmed in May with a further 12 in April according to The Animal Health Trust (AHT).

The equine flu is caused by strains of the influenza virus that affects the animals respiratory systems.

The flu virus can travel long distances in the air and relies on transmission to new horses to survive.

The AHT is warning horse owners to be vigilant and take precautions to lower the risk of the virus spreading.

And, it’s important to boost your horse’s vaccination if it was given more than six months ago.

Some of the symptoms of equine flu are very similar to the human flu, such as a high temperature and a cough that can take multiple weeks to clear.

Other signs include: Depression, lack of appetite, swollen glands under the lower jaw and filling of the lower limbs.

Equine flu is usually most common in horses that are regularly transported and mixed with others.

With massive events still to come in the equestrian calendar it’s important we look out for the signs and act immediately.