Horse Health Week 5th-9th March 2018. #DoingTheBestForMyHorse @KeepingHorsesHealthy

Welcome to Horse Health Week 2018

'Doing the best for your horse' is the focus for Horse Health Week 2018.

This is something close to the heart of Britain's horse owning community and to Britain's vet practices.

Conversely; our approach to achieving this is challenged as the uptake of routine preventative healthcare is low.  We recognise that proactive preventative healthcare delivered in partnership with vet practices is the key to healthy happy horses; from vaccination to dentistry to Feacal Worm Egg Counts (FWECs).

We want to champion preventative health care. Being proactive and working with your vet on steps to protect your horse against illness is the best way to keep them healthy and happy. On this page you will find useful resources including animations, yard checklists and responsible horse owner booklets.  Download our stable card so that you can show the rest of your yard how you are doing the best preventative healthcare for your horse

Horse Health Week is a chance for you as horse owners to shout loud and proud about how you are ‘doing the best for my horse’. Enter our social media competition and upload a photo showing you ‘doing the best for my horse’ on the KBHH Facebook page @KeepingHorsesHealthy.  

We also want to find out how well connected your horse is; simply complete our Horse Health Week survey @KeepingHorsesHealthy, to be in with a chance to win a KBHH saddlecloth

We hope that you enjoy Horse Health Week and that you will consider a proactive approach to your horse's preventative health, discuss it with your Yard Manager, other owners and with your vet.

Remember your vet is always happy to discuss any concerns you might have and can offer you advice on all aspects of preventative healthcare.

Play your part and help keep Britain’s horses healthy

Join forces with Keeping Britains Horses Healthy to improve preventative healthcare and reduce infectious disease


Doing the best for your horse

Our top tips for helping your horse remain happy & healthy

Prevention is better than cure!  Discuss with your vet the most appropriate preventative healthcare regime for your horse.  This is likely to include a vaccination and worming policy as well as routine dental checks.

Yard protocols.  Make sure your yard has a protocol in place for dealing with new horses to the yard and everyone knows what to do in the event of a horse becoming unwell with a suspected infectious disease

Know what is normal for your horse.  It is really important to make sure you know what is normal for your horse so you can tell when he is unwell.  Make sure you know his normal temperature, heart rate and respiration (breathing) rate

Preventative healthcare is most successful when everyone works together.  Spread the message and encourage other horse owners to make sure their horses’ vaccinations and worming programmes are appropriate and up to date to ensure we can help keep Britain’s horses healthy.