The Blue Cross is urging horse owners and riders to take part in its National Equine Health survey.
Several top riders, including six-time Olympic event rider Mary King plus her daughter, Emily, and leading showjumper Yazmin Pinchen, have already signed up to support it too.
The online survey takes 10 minutes to complete and asks for anonymous feedback on the health of your horses over the period of a week.
The results help to find trends in endemic equine diseases and, as patterns emerge, it helps to steer equine awareness, education and research in a bid to help keep the nation’s horses healthier.
“The more people that get involved the more we know about horse health and that’s really important,” says Yazmin Pinchen.
“It’s important to me that my horses are feeling at their best so that they can perform at their best. It doesn’t matter what level you’re doing. Whether you ride for fun, going on nice hacks, it’s still important your horse is healthy. They can’t tell you themselves and we need to keep on top of these things.”
This year the survey includes some pertinent welfare questions to help guide knowledge in this vital area in response to the UK’s serious horse welfare crisis.
The National Equine Health Survey is run by Blue Cross in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association.
Dodson & Horrell is helping Blue Cross cover the costs of running the scheme. Other supporters of the survey include the British Horse Society, Horse Trust, Redwings and The Pony Club.
To complete the survey, click here. It closes at 9am on Monday 28 May 2018.
Participants will be entered into a prize draw, with goodies up for grabs including Star Lister Clippers, a Lister Adagio Trimmer and Burford Ariat boots.
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