Importance of National Equine Health Survey Recognised by Leading Equestrian Organisations

Leading equestrian organisations have pledged their support for the National Equine Health Survey (NEHS), 18 to 24 May 2014, which is organised by pet charity Blue Cross, in partnership with BEVA and supported by Zoetis and SPILLERS. This year, with support from the Equine Disease Coalition, the survey contains new questions on equine infectious diseases, the surveillance measures of which are currently under government scrutiny. It also contains new questions on ragwort, which is causing growing alarm amongst equine health and welfare organisations.

The quick, easy and anonymous online snapshot survey records common health issues in horses, directly from horse owners themselves. Results help build a picture of the health and disease in the UK and define priorities for future research, training and education. Major equestrian organisations have committed their support for the NEHS this year, including the ABRS, BEF, BETA, BHS, BSJA, Equestrian Needs, HAPPA, Horses4Homes, Horse Trust, LANTRA, Mare and Foal Sanctuary, NEWC, Pet id equine, Redwings, Rossdales, RSPCA, SWHP, TBA, WHW and WPCS.

All owners and keepers of horses are being urged to participate in the NEHS when it runs from 18 – 24 May 2014. By taking part not only will you be helping horses but you will also be entered into a draw to win some amazing prizes including a Jefferies Bridle, Olympia Tickets, Arthur Carter Hay steamer and many other fabulous prizes. Visit

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