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NEHS: Your Knowledge, The Power to Help Horses Everywhere

The National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) has been set up to improve the health of horses in the UK and is jointly administered by the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) and the Blue Cross animal charity. In 2010, they decided that disease surveillance was based around exotic diseases such as African horse sickness and West Nile virus - leaving a gap in our knowledge about what other health problems the national horse population face. As a result, they decided to survey as many horse owners as possible to gain a 'snapshot' of Britain's equine health and understand just what health issues faced horse owners that week.  Around 3,500 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules were surveyed.  By gathering data about common problems, like lameness, obesity and coughs, the equestrian community will be able to target resources towards preventing those ailments.  As a member of that community, Robinsons are very keen to help by promoting the NEHS and encouraging as many horse owners as possible to take part. You can take part this year on one day during the survey week, 14-20th November. We hope you’ll be willing to take part and help contribute to a healthy future for our horses.

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