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E&L® Equine Insurance offers comprehensive, low cost insurance to cater for all your horse related insurance needs.
Own a horse or pony? Travel to competitions using a horse trailer, are you a horse rider? If so, we have the right insurance policy for you! A horse or pony can be a large financial investment, as can a horse trailer and it's important to have equine insurance in place should anything happen.
Following the decision of the House of Lords in Mirvahedy V Henley , you may be liable for any damage or injury that your horse causes to others, regardless of whether you are negligent. Public Liability insurance is crucial for these types of claims - E&L® offer up to Â£1.25m per incident.
With vet's fees up to a maximum of Â£5,750 per incident on our horse insurance policies, Personal Accident cover up to Â£22,500 on our horse rider policies and Â£1.25 million Public Liability cover available on horse trailer policies, plus many more benefits available on each policy, we believe that we have the right cover for you.
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Many owners and vets assume that the insurance company must be contacted to give their permission before a horse is destroyed by a vet. This is not always necessary. Strict guidelines are issued to vets by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA). A statement issued by BEVA in July 2006 with regard to the destruction of horses, offers vets the following advice on when immediate destruction is justified and when an insurance company should be notified:
"That the insured horse sustains an injury or manifests an illness or disease that is so severe as to warrant immediate destruction to relieve incurable and excessive pain and that no other options of treatment are available to that horse at that time. If immediate destruction cannot be justified then the attending veterinary surgeon should provide effective first aid treatment before: i) Requesting that the insurance company be contacted or, failing that ii) Arranging for a second opinion from another veterinary surgeon."
This means that if a vet feels that a horse should be destroyed on immediate humane grounds, they should not delay proceedings by contacting the insurance company. If, however, effective first aid treatment can be given, your vet must notify the insurer that destruction may be necessary.
When not in use, saddlery and tack must be kept in a locked building that is totally enclosed and secure. It must be a permanent, substantial structure of brick, stone or timber, with doors secured by 5-lever mortise deadlocks and windows secured by patent window locks. Your saddlery and tack can be stored either at your home address or at the stables, provided the room has the correct security.
There will however not be cover for any item lost or stolen while at any premises where 5 or more horses or ponies are regularly kept (This exclusion does not apply if you pay an extra premium and have your policy endorsed).
Claims for treatment given for an injury or illness provide cover for up to 365 days from the onset of the claimed condition or up to the maximum recoverable.
You are obliged to advise the insurance company of any physical or mental conditions that you have which might affect your policy. The insurer will advise you at the time you take out your policy how your condition might affect a claim.
'Permanent' means forever. Permanent loss of use therefore means the insured horse can never again be used for any one of the activities you have insured it for.
You will be covered for claims should your horse die under anaesthesia as long as the anaesthesia was necessary. Your insurance company must be notified of the intention for surgery to take place, unless the surgery was an emergency.
The first party is the policyholder, the second party is the insurance company and the third party is anyone else who has been injured or whose property has been damaged as the result of the acts or omissions of the insured.
An excess is the first part of a claim that you pay yourself.
Market value: This is the price generally paid for a horse of the same age, breed, bloodline, sex and ability.
Sum insured: The amount you choose to insure your horse for, this value will be agreed between you and your insurer.
Purchase price: The amount you actually paid for your horse.
In the event of a claim under death, theft and straying or loss of use, an insurer will always pay the lower amount of the sum insured or market value.
Most importantly you should not admit any responsibility, agree to pay a claim or negotiate with any other person after any incident. You should contact your insurance company and allow them to take charge of your claim. You must send them any writ, summons or legal documents you receive and allow them to act and reply on your behalf.
Assessing a claim for permanent loss of use can be a lengthy process as it is not always obvious if the horse will be able to compete or participate in the disciplines it was insured for. Discussion will take place between your vet and the insurance company in this regard. In addition to this the insurance company may wish to appoint their consultant vet for their advice.
No, wear and tear will not be covered.
No. We will, however, require a post-mortem examination to be conducted to confirm the cause of death.
We ask for claim forms to be returned to us within 90 days of the onset of the loss, or your renewal if sooner.
If you own a horse or pony, equine insurance is an effective way to protect yourself and your four-legged friend.
It's important to remember that the cost of equestrian ownership not only includes the expenses of feeding, sheltering, transporting and caring for the animal, but if your horse causes damage or injury, you could also be liable for the financial implications.
According to the Animals Act 1971, horse and pony owners are accountable for the actions of their animals. Although recent amendments to this law remove some of the owner's responsibility, public liability cover should still be considered just as important as a saddle and bridle for horse owners today.
At E&L® we can provide you with cover for your horse or pony, to ensure that you are adequately protected whatever happens. We offer a variety of cover levels for you to choose from and you can enjoy significant discounts if you buy online. So why not get a free quote today?
Equine insurance: the options available
Whether you're a casual horse rider, or participate in competitions, owning and caring for a horse is a very expensive responsibility.
But with the proper equine insurance, you can rest assured that all of your investments are financially protected. This includes not only the health of your four-legged friend, but also your trailer or horsebox and the people around you.
Choosing the right equestrian insurance will depend on your specific situation, as well as the age of your animal. Here at E&L® we offer a variety of options for you to choose from, ensuring you get the cover you need, without having to pay too much.
Our standard equine insurance policies for horse and pony owners can help you with veterinary bills and public liability issues. Four different levels of horse insurance cover are available, depending on your budget and your animal's needs.
If your horse is over 15 years old, our mature horse policy is the perfect choice. These horse insurance policies take into consideration the fact that older animals require a bit of extra care, but also don't spend as much time in the arena.
Horse trailer and horsebox insurance can also be provided, whether you need temporary cover for a vehicle that you're hiring for a short time, or if a more permanent solution is required.
And for anyone who rides a horse or pony that doesn't belong to them, horse rider insurance is the best option. This provides public liability cover in case your horse injures somebody else, and it also provides you with financial protection in case the animal gets injured whilst you are riding.
Choose equine insurance from E&L®
Here at E&L®, we have been supplying niche insurance coverage for more than 70 years. We provide equine insurance to horse owners and riders around the country and we take great pride in ensuring that the policies offer the right level of protection for your needs.
To find out more, please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can also visit our horse insurance FAQs and be sure to keep up to date with the latest equine insurance news.