Horse owners encouraged to help in national study

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Horse owners have been urged to report date from their animals to help a national study.

The Animal Health Trust and Royal Veterinary College are carrying out a study into equine laminities, and want people to get involved in National Care Day on Wednesday.

PhD student Dee Pollard said: “Equine laminitis is ranked as one of the top health concerns by both owners and vets. Most horse owners will have either had experience of laminitis themselves or will know of someone who has.

“Laminitis is a major welfare concern because affected horses are much more likely to have multiple recurrent episodes, which can be life-threatening. Despite this, a knowledge gap still exists regarding the true frequency of this condition in Britain, as well as how to best prevent it.”

Owners of almost 1,500 horses and ponies have signed up already, but a further 1,000 are needed. To find out how to get involved in the study, visit www.careaboutlaminitis.org.uk.