Owners of veteran horses are invited to take part in an online survey to help researchers find out more about the needs of older equines.

Feed company Spillers are conducting the research exploring the care of horses or ponies aged 15 years or over, as an increasing number of owners care for animals in this age category.

“If you own or care for a horse or pony who is 15 years or over, we would be very grateful if you could spare five minutes to participate in our survey,” said Spillers Product Manager Sarah Nelson. “The results will help us to help more senior horses nutritionally, in the very best ways we can.”

Those who wish to access to the survey results can add their email address at the end of the survey. By doing so, participants will also be added to a prize draw for a chance to win a £50 Spillers feed voucher.

“Traditionally, senior horses and ponies were classed as being 15 years or over, but perspectives are changing; management and care continues to improve and according to Spillers data, around 40 percent of horses and ponies in the UK now sit in this 15+ category,” added a spokesman for the company.

“With so many horse owners now caring for ‘seniors’, the team at Spillers is on a quest to gather more in-depth information to find out how seniors are managed and how they can be best supported in their precious older years.”

The survey is set up with one horse or pony in mind. Owners of more than one horse or pony of 15 years or over should complete one survey for each horse. Every completion will provide an additional entry into the prize draw.

The survey can be found by clicking here

Lead image by Sarah Shephard

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