A recent survey by equine insurance carrier Petplan Equine finds that illnesses are a more common occurrence among insured horses than injuries or accidents, per a report in the Horse and Hound magazine. A review of insured horses inside and outside Petplan's network found that the top five reasons for payouts were arthritis, colic, laminitis, Cushing's disease, and inflamed ligaments, which together accounted for 20 percent of all insurance claims in 2015.
The study found that nearly half of owners reported that their horse had suffered either an illness or injury in the past year.
Arthritis was the most expensive of the five conditions, accounting for £730,655 ($1,051,266) of £12 million ($17.27 million) in total claims for the year. It was also in first place last year. Colic was the second most expensive at claims totaling £672,216 ($967,184).
Read more at the Horse and Hound magazine
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