Thousands of British equines are expected to be part of this year’s National Equine Health Survey, which aims to discover trends and health issues affecting the country’s horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.
This year’s survey runs between May 23 and 30 and is being sponsored by Zoetis UK Ltd and Dodson & Horrell. The first survey was first launched in 2010 by animal charity Blue Cross and the British Equine Veterinary Association.
Lameness has been the most commonly reported problem in the past three surveys so this year Blue Cross has picked it as the hot topic for a thought-provoking social media campaign.
The National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) is one of the UK’s most significant equine disease monitoring initiatives and last year survey records were returned for almost 15,000 equines. It’s the only project of its kind, enabling horse owners to give anonymous feedback about the health of their horses, ponies and donkeys so that the most common diseases and problems be identified, prioritised and addressed. It takes no more than five minutes to complete the survey online and all details will always remain anonymous.
Lameness has been the most commonly reported problem in the past three surveys so this year Blue Cross has picked it as the hot topic for a thought provoking social media campaign, where readers can learn more about types of lameness from pictures and then read the vet’s explanation to help build knowledge and horse care skills.
NEHS is run annually by charity Blue Cross, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association and with the support of many of the country’s leading equestrian charities and organisations. The results are referenced in leading veterinary and equestrian publications and papers and are regarded as valuable benchmarks for the general knowledge of horse health.
Equestrian organisation that have pledged to the survey their support include the ABRS, BEF, BETA, BHS, BSJA, Equestrian Needs, HAPPA, Horses4Homes, Horse Trust, LANTRA, Mare and Foal Sanctuary, Metropolitan Mounted Police, NEWC, Pet id equine, Redwings, Rossdales, RSPCA, SWHP, TBA, World Horse Welfare and WPCS.
Those who take part will have the chance to win prizes including a pair of Lister Star clippers, a pair of tickets to the Olympia The International Horse Show in December and a pair of Ariat Skyline GTX boots.