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Petplan Equine, one of the top UK horse insurance providers, has published data on the top five most claimed-for conditions in 2017

Arthritis has maintained its first position, while laminitis claims have fallen by more than 19% compared to 2016, dropping it to number five in the ranking. Gastric ulcer claims, however, have increased by more than 28% year on year. This would suggest that increased knowledge amongst horse owners, use of better management techniques, as well as more accessible veterinary tests being available has had a visible effect on claims.

Petplan Equine’s most common claims

Conditions ranked in order of the number of claims Condition Amount Petplan Equine paid in claims in 2017 2016 ranking
1 Arthritis £756,880 1
2 Gastric ulcers £898,176 3
3 Colic £542,113 2
4 Desmitis £578,431 5
5 Laminitis £265,593 4


Gastric ulcers

Petplan Equine’s veterinary expert, Gil Riley MRCVS, commented, “The awareness that many underperforming horses do so because they are suffering from gastric ulcers means checking for their presence is high on the list of priorities for vets investigating such cases. It’s also well recognised that back pain and stomach ulcers commonly occur together, possibly because the discomfort and stress caused by a bad back may interfere with the maintenance of a healthy stomach lining and vice versa.”


Riley added, “Reduced claims for laminitis is a reflection of the ever-growing awareness among horse owners and vets of the two hormonal diseases responsible for 90% of laminitis cases, Cushing’s disease and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS). As a result we’re testing for these conditions and, if present, putting preventative treatment management changes in place before the distressing condition that is laminitis has an opportunity to occur.”

The importance of insurance

Kate Hopkins, Petplan Marketing Consultant, explained, “Every year when we review our top five most common health problems in horses we see interesting changes that can point toward shifts in equine management. Petplan Equine paid out over £3 million to customers for these five conditions in 2017 and over £11.9 million was paid out for claims in total. This shows quite clearly how important it is to have quality horse insurance to help cover the cost of unexpected veterinary treatment.”

To find out more about Petplan Equine’s Top Five claims and get expert advice from

Gil Riley MRCVS on spotting the signs and treatment, visit petplanequine.co.uk

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