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Equine health survey highlights the prevalence of lameness

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RESULTS from this year's National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) have suggested that lameness is the most common problem affecting horses and ponies in the UK, with degenerative joint disease being the most prevalent cause of lameness.

The survey, which is run annually by the Blue Cross in partnership with the British Equine Veterinary Association, with the support of the animal health company Zoetis, attracted 1246 responses, covering 4730 horses, this year, described as ‘a significant increase’ on 2012. Most respondents were private owners – the target audience for the survey. Lameness was reported as affecting 18.6 per cent of horses, compared with 13.8 per cent reported in previous …

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