Participation in the annual National Equine Welfare Survey has increased threefold this year, demonstrating the nation’s burgeoning enthusiasm to do their bit to help safeguard the future health and welfare of their horses.
This year data on common health issues in horses was collected from 12,301 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in the UK, representing an increase of almost 300% on last year’s figure of 4,730. The information is now being analysed by vets at the Royal Veterinary College in London. It will be published later this summer and the results used to help define priorities for future research, training and education as well as being used as primary source material for veterinary colleges and universities. The results will also include keenly awaited answers to some new, topical questions on equine infectious diseases, ragwort and atypical myopathy.
NEHS was first launched in 2010 by the Blue Cross and the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). It is now run annually, over a week every May and is supported by Zoetis and SPILLERS.
Gemma Taylor, Education Officer at the Blue Cross said: “This year we have been overwhelmed by the phenomenal level of response. Not only are we grateful to the major equestrian organisations for their support but we would also like to thank every individual owner or keeper who took part. It is only with your continued help that we can make a difference to the future health of our precious horses.”
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