World Horse Welfare Launches Annual Horse Health Plan

20 January 2024

With many equestrians and horse owners making new year’s resolutions that involve their horses, equestrian charity World Horse Welfare have launched a new user-friendly, interactive Annual Health Plan to support all those providing equine care by helping them stay on top of their horse’s routine health and welfare requirements. 

World Horse Welfare actively promotes a whole horse approach to horse care and we have developed the plan with ease of use in mind by incorporating thorough guidance on how to complete each section and where to go for further support. This includes signposting to our advice pages and Education YouTube channel.

The plan includes record tables for regular health check data like temperature, pulse and respiration (TPR), logs to keep track of visit dates from farriers, musculoskeletal practitioners and dentists, and encourages users to schedule regular tack fitting appointments, as well as reminding them to worm and keep track of their horses’ weight.

The Annual Health Plan also incorporates a short evaluation of horse behaviour into each section, allowing notes to be made on how horses respond to certain procedures, encouraging owners to reflect on their horses behavioural and training needs. As an example, if their horse is needle shy when vaccinated, can they implement a training plan using positive and/or negative reinforcement to make the experience better for the horse next time?

The plan can be downloaded HERE

You can also find the plan, along with other documents and guidance on all aspects of routine equine care, here on the Yard Owner Hub. All of our resources, which offer guidance and support on all practical and administrative aspects of running a yard, are completely free to access and use, and all from reliable sources. 

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