Variation in equine management factors between riding schools with high vs. low insurance claims for orthopaedic injury: A field study

C. Lönnell, L. Roepstorff, A. Egenvall
Veterinary Journal
July 2012

Lameness is the most commonly diagnosed condition in equine veterinary practice. To examine whether variations in management and husbandry strategies in riding schools could influence wastage due to orthopaedic injury schools with high (HUIO) or low (LUIO) insurance claims for orthopaedic injuries (as an indirect measure of wastage) were compared epidemiologically using an extensive questionnaire and field study visits.
Schools differed in management strategies and these influence injury rate and longevity. For horses in the LUIO schools a significantly longer time period had elapsed since acquisition and they had higher (but not statistically significant) mean ages. The employment of experienced managers and highly qualified chief instructors had a protective effect against orthopaedic injury in both LUIO and HUIO types of school. LUIO schools were significantly more likely to have at least 11 weeks of introductory work for new horses and were more likely to be under private management.

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