Horse insurance: Rounding-up exercise avoids welfare issues

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Horse insurance: Rounding-up exercise avoids welfare issues

Horse insurance policyholders have been told of an exercise in which a herd of animals, which was growing out of control, was rounded up in order to protect their welfare.

World Horse Welfare co-ordinated the operation, in conjunction with HorseBack UK and the Royal Marines and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, which targeted dozens of stallions, mares and foals on a remote farm in Dallas, Morayshire.

The action was taken after an elderly farmer contacted World Horse Welfare with concerns for the horses and ponies, which were spread across 1,000 acres of land.

Commenting on the exercise, Eileen Gillen, spokeswoman for the charity, said: "Large herds which have been allowed to ever increase in numbers have to be managed, not just for the welfare of the equines but also for legal reasons. This is paramount when we are faced with serious infectious diseases that may enter our country."

Earlier this year, a survey by the charity suggested that infectious disease could be the biggest threat facing the equine population.

June 01st 2011

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