Top 3 Equine Advice Tips



Lameness is the most common cause of equine claims accounting for 1 in 4 of all equine claims. While there are many ways a horse can go lame there are some simple things you can do to help keep your horse sound.Most lameness can be related to hoof problems. Regular appointments with a farrier will ensure hooves are trimmed and balanced. A balanced foot will reduce strain on tendons and ligaments and prevent injury. Experts also recommend picking your horses hooves daily. If you have any concerns about lameness, have your horse checked out by your farrier or vet as continued exercise can aggravate it. Use the NZ Farriers Association to find a farrier near you.


Keep Your Paddocks and Stables Safe

At least 5% of claims involve horses being cut on sharp objects. Ensure the stable is safe and well cleaned. It should be free of holes in the flooring, wires, nails, broken fence panels, or any objects that the horse might run into. Keeping your paddocks free from debris and with adequate fencing will minimise the risk of injuries and of the horses getting out.


Colic and Ulcers

Colic and ulcers combined make up 10% of equine claims. Although they are different conditions where they do overlap is that the abundance of lush pasture can be the cause. Grazing muzzles are one option to help reduce slow the consumption. Luckily there are many practical ways you can reduce the risk. Talk to your vet about other options to keep your horse free from colic and ulcers.

Equine Advice Guide

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