Horse insurance customers ‘should be on the look out for equine obesity’
Owners of equines who want to minimise the number of times they have to claim on their horse insuranceshould be on the look out for signs of obesity in their animals.
According to Sarah Freeman, associate professor of veterinary surgery at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, told TheHorse.com that she believes the primary reason why some horses are overweight is their diet.
She asserted that “obesity is a problem in horses” and said it is the responsibility of the owners to notice when their creature weighs more than it should.
The expert cited two reasons why those with equine insurance might underestimate the weight of their animals.
“One is not wanting to admit that their horse has a problem (like saying you are a dress size smaller than you actually are),” Ms Freeman claimed.
She stated that the other reason is that many horses in the UK are overweight, so fat horses can appear to be normal when judged in comparison to others.
According to Pet University, all horses should be given a minimum of 30 minutes exercise every day, regardless of their breed.