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Sir Alex Ferguson’s horse to run in Grand National

Race horse insurance customers following the growing hype around this year’s Grand National at Aintree might be interested to learn that one of the equines expected to enter is part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson. The manager of Manchester United Football Club has a stake in What A Friend, which will be ridden by jockey Daryl Jacob. Odds of 16-1 have … More

Novel inspires horse owner to work with autistic kids

Horse insurance customers might be inspired by the story of Sarah Tubbs, who was motivated to start working with autistic children after reading The Horse Boy. Ms Tubbs runs the Marwood Equestrian Centre but decided to add to her expertise by doing a course so she could work one-on-one with autism sufferers, reports the Teesdale Mercury. In the novel in … More

Horse insurance customers ‘should buy medicine from UK websites’

Equine insurance customers who need to purchase medication for their animals should ensure they only buy from registered UK websites, according to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD). It warned that there are cases where counterfeit drugs have been sold, which can put horses and ponies at risk, reports Horse & Hound. In April next year, the VMD will introduce a … More

Family buys back star pony

One family that might want to take out pony insurance for their favourite equine is the Allens, who have purchased a bay gelding called Pepper twice. The animal was first bought for eldest daughter Imogen, who qualified for the National Showjumping Championship on him, reports the Henley Standard. However, when she outgrew the Welsh pony, which is now 12 years old, … More

Shetland pony brought to visit bedridden animal lover

A Shetland pony was among the animals brought to visit residents at a care home in Surrey, pony insurance customers might be interested to hear. The nine-year-old animal, whose name is Pip, was part of a menagerie that also included a Kunekune pig and a flock of geese, reports ThisIsSurreyToday.co.uk. Despite causing a small degree of mayhem at Nuffield Care Centre, … More

Blue Cross: Nearly one in ten UK horses overweight

Nearly one tenth of the UK’s horse population might be overweight, news that might prompt equine insurance customers to check on the health of their animals. According to a survey conducted by the Blue Cross, nine per cent of the animals studied were too heavy, while eight per cent weighed too little. Indeed, the prevalence of weight issues made it the … More

Hampshire horses ‘in desperate need of land’

Horse insurance customers might sympathise with the plight of 30 animals in Hampshire that are in dire need of a new home. The owner of the equines, Jillian Hall, takes in abandoned and mistreated horses, but she has been asked to vacate the land with her hoofed companions, reports the Portsmouth News. “We are trying to reach out and see … More

Ponies brought in to graze grassland in Devon

A quartet of ponies has been brought in to graze on grassland in Culm, news that might please equine insurance customers in the area. The move is part of a drive to provide “improved, sympathetic land management” in the area, reports the Mid Devon Star. It is part of the Working Wetlands project being run by Devon Wildlife Trust. Pony insurance … More

Horses ‘might need fatty acids supplements’

Horse insurance customers might need to supplement their steeds’ diets with fatty acids supplements, an expert has suggested. In an article published on theHorse.com, chief science officer for Uckele Health & Nutrition Jack Grogan said diets with higher fat contents may increase the amount of time horses can perform for without fatiguing. He claimed “typical equine diets today” tend to … More

Polly the pony ‘gave birth during riding lesson’

Equine insurance customers might be touched by the story of Polly, the pony that gave birth in the middle of a riding lesson. Staff at Fearns Equestrian Centre in Rossendale were unaware the mare was pregnant until the last minute, reports the Bolton News. The 18-year-old was being ridden by youngster Bethany Cuthbertson – who has given her first name … More

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