40% of horses injured last year

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Equine insurance customers might be interested to learn that results from a recent survey conducted by the Horse Trust have found that 40 per cent of horses in the UK suffered a traumatic injury last year.

The research, to be published in the Equine Veterinary Journal, was carried out by the Horse Trust's clinical scholar in equine orthopaedics at the University of Liverpool Rosie Owen.

Of the 40 per cent of injured equine, 62 per cent of horses were hurt while they were turned out in the field, which Ms Owen said was a real surprise find in the research.

Ms Owen listed some of the things equine insurance customers can do to keep their horses free from injury: "Try to provide hay from the floor, instead of in a hay rack, and make sure there are no protruding nails, hooks or sharp edges in the stable."

Earlier this month, the Blue Cross encouraged people to take part in the bi-yearly National Equine Health Survey to try and help shape the future of horse welfare.

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