The National Equine Health Survey (NEHS) has confirmed for the second year that lameness is the most common syndrome affecting UK horses.
Results are consistent with last year’s non-foot related lameness figure of 18.6%.
The survey, run annually by charity Blue Cross, highlighted laminitis had a much higher prevalence than in previous years (7.1%), with 43% of those recorded as first episodes.
Previous results found a lower number of horses and ponies affected by laminitis (4.4% overall prevalence, with 25% first episodes).
Gemma Taylor, education officer at Blue Cross, explains: “The increase in laminitis may be linked to the mild winter, extensive rainfall and consistently warm spring. These conditions were ideal for flushes of grass growth, known to be a trigger for the disease.”