Survey highlights that the future’s not stable for UK horses

New research from Harry Hall International has found concern amongst horse owners about the rising costs of keeping their horse.

The survey of owners found:

  • 67% are concerned about the cost of keeping their horse;
  • 39% have suffered reduced income since the outbreak of COVID-19; and
  • 47% of horse owners have seen rising costs on livery and feed, as well as vets and farriers.

Rachel Bowles, sales and marketing director at Harry Hall International, said: “These latest findings are a concern, particularly as winter is approaching meaning many horses will spend more time indoors, leading to increased bedding and feed costs.

“Horses, like dogs and cats, are part of the family, but with an uncertain future and concerns over job security due to the impact of COVID-19, the UK’s horse owners are feeling anxious.”

The survey found that the cost of vets, farriers and feed have all risen. Even livery yards where many horses are stabled have had to increase their prices.

Ms Bowles added: “With an estimated 847,000 horses in the UK, increasing costs have the potential to create a long and difficult winter for both the UK’s horses and their owners.”

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