Mom’s Advice Still Best In Barn Hygiene

To reduce the risk of infections, wash your hands after every horse.

Farriery is a dirty job. Sometimes practitioners get so busy, it is easy to forget to wash hands, or to simply wash their hands in a quench bucket. As Drew Morales outlined in his article, there is considerable risk from bacteria transmitted from horse feces to your hands. Knowing this, you have good reason to remember to wash your hands. Here is a quick pictorial provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) on thoroughly washing your hands (click to enlarge):

Washing hands is serious business. The strictest guidelines from the WHO cover health care providers. How serious? Well, the next time you have a free moment, here is the WHO 270-page guideline on hand washing for hand hygiene in health care.

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