Horse insurance policyholders 'must be welfare aware'

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Horse insurance policyholders 'must be welfare aware'

Horse insurance policyholders have been told that it is vitally important that they are aware of animal welfare issues, in order to properly care for their mounts.

Roly Owers, chief executive at World Horse Welfare, said that the rapid rise of equine ownership has meant that there is a knowledge gap among some areas of the horse community.

He explained that as a result, many of the cases of welfare concerns are a result of ignorance, rather than malice.

Mr Owers commented: "The growing popularity of horse riding and owning over the past few years has not been matched by a growing level of knowledge."

However, he added that practical advice is available from a number of sources, including the charity itself.

Earlier this month, two former pony owners were banned from keeping equine animals for 12 months, after being found guilty of not providing proper care to a foal.

Abbie May, 23, of The Meadows, Yeoford, Crediton, and 26-year-old Rebbecca Warren, of Halsfordwood Lane, Nadderwater, had denied the charges.

April 18th 2011

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