Horse insurance provider Petplan Equine has produced a free, practical guide to horse care for new and would-be horse owners.

The Horse Hand Book is full of useful information on acquiring and caring for a horse and contains 24 discount vouchers. The booklet is supported by several leading equestrian organisations including the British Horse Society and The British Equine Veterinary Association.

The 55-page booklet contains a foreword by six-time Badminton winner Lucinda Green and addresses issues such as commitment, suitability and horse seeking together with horse care hints and tips.

Jo Whittaker from Petplan Equine said: “With more than four million people riding annually in the UK there is a need for a central source of information to help encourage riders to take a responsible approach to horse ownership.”

The Horse Hand Book is available from www.petplanequine.co.uk