One-Third of Horses With Health Problems are Lame

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This year’s British National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) revealed that respondents reported that 38% of horses were suffering from health problems, and of these a third (32.9%) were categorized as lame. Consistent with previous surveys lameness was shown to be more likely to be caused by conditions such as osteoarthritis in the limb rather than problems in the foot.

Blue Cross, a U.K.-based animal welfare charity, carries out the NEHS each May in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). The survey is sponsored by Dodson & Horrell and Zoetis and supported by the U.K.’s leading equestrian organizations and charities.

This year saw a 14% increase in participation compared to 2015, with survey records returned for almost 16,751 horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules by 5,635 respondents. Most horses were kept at livery (boarding) or private yards and used for leisure and hacking. Respondents reported that 62% of horses were healthy (had no health problems recorded) and 38% of horses had one or more health problems. The most frequent disease syndrome recorded was lameness, accounting for one third of all health problems reported. read more…

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