Online advice for new owners

Horse owners can download free advice on a wide range of basic horse care subjects from www.allaboutpets.org.uk, launched by the Blue Cross.

The website includes a series of free-to-download leaflets offering expert advice and support for owners and aims to ensure the welfare of Britain’s domesticated animals, including horses, by promoting responsible animal care.

There are 20 horse-related leaflets available, written in a simple and easy-to-understand style, covering a range of subjects including:

  • Choosing your horse
  • Looking after the older horse
  • Basic first aid
  • Colic
  • Winter tips
  • Laminitis – the facts
  • Training the young horse
  • How to keep your horse naturally
  • Euthanasia
  • Safety around horses

Simon Pope of the Blue Cross, says: “The leaflets have been written by equine experts with first-time and inexperienced horse owners in mind.

“They offer basic advice on a wide range of subjects from buying a horse to what makes a suitable homes for a horse, as well as advice on specific problems which we commonly see in our centres, such as laminitis and colic. The full set will give new owners a good basic grounding in equine knowledge.”

The Blue Cross hopes to expand its online service at www.allaboutpets.org.uk, which also has leaflets for dogs, cats and small pets, to cover a wider range of subjects in greater detail in the future.

  • Experienced owners can find expert advice on feeding and stable management issues to the latest veterinary research and advances in HHO’s horse care channel.
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