Horse owners in Britain are being urged to spend just five minutes in May to take part in the annual online National Equine Health Survey (NEHS).
The survey is open for a week, from May 18 to 24, and aims to discover more about common health issues in horses, directly from horse owners themselves.
The NEHS is in its fourth year and is run by leading charity Blue Cross, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association.
Data harvested so far has revealed crucial information about common diseases such as skin problems, lameness, weight issues and colic. The results are shared across the sector to help establish benchmarks for equine health and disease in the UK and define priorities for future research, training and education. The data is also released to equine and veterinary colleges and universities to be used as primary source material.
Last year’s survey revealed that 18.6% of horses were suffering with lameness issues, predominantly degenerative joint disease, a 5% increase on the previous year. This suggests a need to increase awareness of lameness management and prevention amongst the veterinary industry and owners.
Those taking part will be entered into a draw to win prizes including a Jefferies Bridle, Olympia Tickets, and an Arthur Carter Hay steamer.