Life After Lockdown: Owners List Their Equine Health Concerns

As lockdowns to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus are still in place in most parts of the world, many horse owners are having limited or no contact with their equines. This brings a plethora of concerns for horse owners, among them the risk of laminitis, weight gain and excitable behavior when the horses go back to work.

A Facebook survey of horse owners in Britain found that 65 percent of horse owners had not changed their equine management routine during lockdown; 12 percent noted that their horses now live out 24/7, which makes laminitis a very real concern, especially for horses that are not typically turned out constantly.

Of respondents, 54 percent noted that their biggest fear was weight gain during the extended time off; 41 percent of owners were concerned about laminitis. Nearly one-quarter of horses that had been in work prior to lockdown are now out of work, which explains why 21 percent of respondents noted the concern about excitable behavior both on the ground and when working under saddle.

Spillers, an equine feed manufacturer, created the survey to see where equine owners may need assistance, support and guidance during the pandemic. The British Equestrian Federation is planning for the resumption of equestrian sport, so the concern about excitable horses is a legitimate concern, especially if the horse has been out of work for multiple weeks.

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