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Posted in Other Racehorse Health News on 10 May 2018
The National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) is being held during 21 – 28 May 2018 and whether you are an everyday rider, or famous equestrian competitor, the National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) matters!
Mary King, Olympic three day eventer said:
“The health and happiness of our equine population is of great importance to me, and Blue Cross’s NEHS survey is the only one of its kind that helps us gain a true understanding of the state of our nation’s horses to help improve their welfare. Me and my horses will be taking part this year, and I really hope you do too.”
Emily King, British Event Rider, said:
“I adore all my horses, they are unique and characterful individuals. That is why I prioritise their health and happiness and why it is important to me to take part in the annual NEHS Survey as all horse lovers nationwide can help establish a true picture of equine health in this country and safeguard our four legged friends in the future.”
Yazmin Pinchen, International Showjumper said:
“Horses are a huge part of my life and have helped me achieve so much. Without them I wouldn’t be where I am now. We all love our horses and we owe it to them to take the best possible care of their health. It’s such a great honour to support Blue Cross with their National Equine Health Survey. It is helping us to understand so much more about equine health. By taking part in the survey you will be helping the experts paint a much clearer picture about the main health problems affecting our horses. This knowledge will help us to keep horses safe, healthy and happy, wherever they are.”
The NEHS is run by Blue Cross, in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association. It’s a snapshot survey, reflecting the health of the nation’s horses over the period of a week and allows you to give feedback about the health of your horses, ponies and donkeys.
Over the past seven years NEHS has developed to become one of the UK’s most important endemic disease monitoring initiatives. The data is compared year on year to identify trends and in horse health; the results are regarded as valuable benchmarks for our general knowledge of horse health and are regularly referenced in leading veterinary and equestrian publications and papers. As patterns emerge they are helping us to steer equine awareness, education and research to help keep the nation’s horses healthier.
NEHS 2017 results
Last year 5,235 people in the UK took part in NEHS returning records for a phenomenal 15,433 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. The top five disease syndromes recorded in 2017 were:
1. Skin diseases: 31.1% compared to 25.5% in 2016 (17.2% in 2015, 18.3% in 2014, 14.6% in 2013 and 15.2% in 2010-12). Sweet itch and mud fever were the most frequently reported individual syndromes within this category and made up 6.1% of all returns (6.8% in 2016).
2. Lameness (including laminitis): 23.4% compared to 32.9%in 2016, (24.4% in 2015, 21% in 2014, 19.2% in 2013 and 12.9% in 2010-12). Overall, as in previous years, if laminitis is excluded from the analysis, lameness due to problems in the limbs proximal to the foot was more common than problems in the foot.
3. Metabolic diseases: 8.1% with PPID (‘Equine Cushing’s disease’) accounting for 73.4% of this figure, consistent with previous NEHS findings.
4. Eye problems: 7.6% with ocular discharge (weepy eye) accounting for 54.2% of all ocular syndromes recorded.
5. Gastrointestinal problems: 7.5% with gastric ulcers accounting for 39% of this figure and 3% all syndromes recorded (2.7% in 2016).
The next survey will run from 21-28 May 2018 and you can take part online quickly, easy and anonymously.
WIN PRIZES – pre-register for the survey today at www.bluecross.org.uk/nehs-prizes and you will have the chance of WINNING some superb PRIZES such as, Star Lister Clippers, a Lister Adagio Trimmer and some Burford Ariat boots.