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Petplan Equine’s ‘Spotting Lameness’ campaign aims to help all horse owners and riders learn more about the symptoms, treatment and related issues of lameness. The supporting material available include an educational video, a poster to display in yards and tack rooms and first-hand advice from Petplan Equine vet Gil Riley.

“Identifying lameness in your horse early on is vital” said Petplan Equine Vet Gil Riley. “The high number of insurance claims for lameness related conditions highlights that this is an area it’s useful for all horse owners to understand more about. The information Petplan Equine is providing to allow people to detect signs of lameness more easily will be a real help to owners and their horses.”

“Petplan Equine shares many helpful hints and tips about lameness – in some instances horse owners have never been asked to trot up a horse for a vet, or wouldn’t know what to look for in less acute lameness’s both of which are important skills that all horse owners need to know.”

“At Petplan Equine the welfare of horses and ponies is extremely important to us and we want to share this passion with owners and riders. We hope that we can help increase knowledge about lameness in the equestrian world therefore improving the chance of a quick recovery in lame horses” said Charlotte Gibbs, Senior Marketing Executive for Petplan Equine. “Being able to spot lameness and have the correct information means that horse owners will be in a good position to help their horses and discuss any issues with their vet at the earliest opportunity. It’s also essential that in addition to having the knowledge to be able to recognise lameness quickly you also have the funds available to ensure your horse can receive any treatment your vet recommends which is why it’s so important that horse owners have the right horse insurance in place.”

To find out more about Petplan Equine’s Lameness campaign, please visit: www.petplanequine.co.uk/lameness

To watch the video of key things to look for to identify lameness, click here.

To download a handy poster for your yard on how to spot lameness, click here.

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