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Winter snow causes chaos in the equestrian world

Many horse owners have been struggling in the cold wintry conditions over the last couple of months. Many horse owners have been without water as pipes have frozen, horses have been left unexercised as the snow and ice has meant that the roads are too treacherous to venture out on.

Fire-fighters have also been on high alert as some horses have become stuck in frozen conditions. In Essex this weekend two horses became stranded in a frozen lake in Ongar. The two horses were suffering from hypothermia so the fire-fighters were working in a very urgent situation. Fire-fighter, Neil Claydon said “It was a difficult situation, both the horses were lying down in the icy water, one was about a foot from the bank. The other was about 20 feet away. We used harnesses and attached them to a 4×4 and a number of the owner’s family and the crew helped to push the animals to their feet. It was very distressing for the owners who did everything they could to assist in the rescue.” A vet attended to the animals once they were freed and thankfully both horses are recovering. Fire-fighters were also called to rescue a horse from a frozen river in Halkirk in Scotland at the weekend. The fire-fighters used a digger to break through the ice and pulled Henry out to safety. The fire-fighters wore lifejackets themselves and attached Henry to a sling and used the lines to winch him 5m to safety. The rescue took a heart-wrenching hour to complete. Again a vet was on hand to check Henry over and cleared him of any injury. All horses are now recovering in nice warm stables!

E&L horse insurance offer vet fee cover up to £5,750 per incident. Should the unfortunate situation arise like the examples above E&L Insurance would cover you financially should your horse or pony require veterinary surgery leaving you to worry about your pony and not your financial worries. E&L horse insurance also offers cover for saddlery and tack, public liability and personal accident. For more information visit www.eandl.co.uk/equine.

Source: www.yourhorse.co.uk/Your-Horse-News/Search-Results/General-news/Jan-10/Jan-11-Horses-rescued-around-Britain-during-big-freeze, 11th January 2010

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