Organised by Keeping Britain’s Horses Healthy (KBHH) – a high-profile nationwide campaign, supported by BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) and the AHT (Animal Health Trust) – Horse Health Week runs from 21-28 September.

During Horse Health Week, KBHH will be raising awareness of the seven pillars of responsible horse ownership, and will be launching informative Responsible Horse Owner booklets.

These will be available to download, free of charge, from the campaign’s website www.healthyhorses.co.uk throughout the week.

The seven pillars of responsible horse ownership are:

  1. Infectious disease;
  2. Parasite control;
  3. Nutrition and weight management;
  4. Teeth and dentistry;
  5. Hoof care and farriery;
  6. Well-being, including environmental management, breeding and end of life care;
  7. Taking on a new horse.

The horse owner booklets contain comprehensive information and advice on each subject. They do not disregard the need to seek advice from your veterinary surgeon if you are at all worried about your horse, but they will provide peace of mind that you are aware of the issues surrounding preventative health care, ensuring you are one of KBHH’s responsible horse owners.

During Horse Health Week, it’s not only the individual owner who can benefit from an increased awareness of the all-round benefits of a preventative approach to healthcare.

Livery yards and riding schools will benefit from a healthier population of horses in a yard, leading to an environment with happy horses, happy owners and a positive yard reputation.

Many veterinary practices throughout the UK will be running activities and sharing further tips, advice and fun facts during the week. To get involved, check if your veterinary practice is participating and follow it on Facebook or ensure they have an up-to-date email address for you, so you can receive all the latest updates.

To find out more about Horse Health Week, KBHH and participating veterinary practices, visit www.healthyhorses.co.uk