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Equine Care & Emergency Plan

November 2020

The BHS urges horse owners to plan ahead and have steps in place to ensure that if you are unable to attend to your horse, you have pre-agreed with someone else that they will be able to care for your horse. Having written guidance prepared, that your buddy or yard manager can easily follow will help to ensure your horse’s specific welfare needs continue to be met. 

During the Covid-19 pandemic this is of particular importance. If you are ill or have to self-isolate, you will not be able to attend to your horse. Having a care plan in place will help to give you peace of mind that your horse is cared for and your buddy / yard manager has all the necessary information. 

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Have adequate stocks of all forage, feed and other provisions your horse may require and if your equipment is locked away, ensure your buddy or yard manager has a spare key or knows the combination codes to locks.

Ensure your yard manager and / or buddy know what to do in the event of an emergency for your horse, along with your wishes related to emergency euthanasia. Have your vet’s contact details clearly available. This is good routine practice to have in place, if you are ever uncontactable, and a serious decision needs to be made for your horse such as referral to an equine hospital for potential colic surgery.


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