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9 September 2015

Horse Health Week Promotes the Seven Pillars of Equine Preventative Healthcare

Milton Keynes, September 09, 2015 – Booklets featuring the seven pillars of equine preventative healthcare will be available to vets, ready for the first Horse Health Week (HHW), starting on 21st September 2015.

HHW is a promotional week to support vets’ communications with their clients through educational materials for owners, news and features in the horse media, social media graphics and email templates as well as the updated website (

The series of horse health booklets have been created as a resource for vets, and are aimed at horse owners and potential owners. They cover what every horse owner should know about equine preventative healthcare, and how they contribute to the health, well-being and happiness of their horse. The booklets have been specially designed to communicate veterinary messages clearly and effectively.

The themes were identified by leading equine vets during a think tank session in September last year, including:

· Infectious diseases and vaccination - identification of symptoms, management, control and the role of biosecurity.

· Nutrition - including the basics of good feeding practice, monitoring bodyweight, and feeding to increase or decrease bodyweight.

· Hoof care - routine checks and every day care, identifying problems, preparing for the farrier and to shoe or not to shoe?

· Internal and external parasite control – identification and treatment of parasites, the use of faecal worm counts, targeted worming, wormer resistance and top tips to control worms.

· Teeth and dentistry - horse dentition explained, how to identify if a horse has problems, and what to expect during a dental examination.

· Well-being - the five freedoms and the responsibility of horse owners to understand how this translates to horse care, to stable or not during the winter, creating and maintaining a safe environment, the horse’s need for social interaction and space. It also covers preparing for euthanasia.

The booklets examine each topic, encouraging owners to contact their veterinary surgeon to get the latest advice and help. They also reference a number of reputable websites where owners can go for general information, such as where to find a qualified farrier, and the latest information on passports and identification.

Vets can download the booklets from the KBHH website (

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