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Is there pet insurance for horses?


Nowadays you can pretty much get anything insured, including horses. It is inevitable that big animals like horses come with big bills and, therefore, insuring them is definitely recommended. This article will dive into the field of equine insurance and will discuss the common features of horse policies. 

What is horse insurance?

Horse insurance refers to coverage of anything to do with your horse (and often their rider). 

Horse insurance helps you to cover your Vet bills which have the potential to become quite costly. You may have been in an unfortunate situation where your horse needs immediate unplanned Veterinary care and, depending on the situation, your Vet bills could rise to hundreds or thousands of pounds. If your horse is insured in this situation, the insurance can act as a safety blanket and can significantly reduce your stress levels. It is not illegal for your horse not to be insured but it is strongly recommended because of the financial commitment which owning a horse can bring. 

What does horse insurance cover?

When it comes to searching for and understanding insurance policies, it can feel extremely overwhelming and the world of insurance is now so vast! So, this is where things can seem a little bit confusing. There are different types of insurance policies available and there isn’t a ‘one size fits all.’ 

Below lists some of the common features of horse insurance policies (this list is not exhaustive):

Veterinary fees

This is the main reason that pet owners take out insurance to ensure they can claim for unexpected Veterinary fees.

Public liability insurance 

Having public liability cover will protect you against costs incurred by members of the public suffering personal injury or property damage caused by your horse. Public liability insurance is available for your dog too! Accidents can occur and it is important to ensure personal protection in these unfortunate scenarios. 

Death of your horse 

Most horse insurance policies will cover the cost of euthanasia, including removal of their body from the premises. 

Theft and straying 

With this feature you would receive a financial pay out if your horse becomes lost or stolen and is not found. The financial amount received depends on the market value/sum insured of your horse.

Personal accident cover 

This covers the policyholder for any injuries and illnesses sustained during riding. This feature is the biggest difference between dog and horse insurance. It is important to take out personal accident cover, as lives can be significantly altered as a result of a riding-related injury. Many horse insurance policies now include this, but it is crucial to always check!

Loss of use cover 

This feature covers you if your horse can no longer be used for the activities you originally insured him/her for, due to injury, accident or disease.

When making the decision to take out horse insurance it would be useful for you to consider what cover features are going to be more important to you. I won’t discuss costs of insurance policies as these vary depending on the company and the level of cover. Policies which provide the most cover for your horse are understandably more expensive. Like car insurance, pet insurance can either be paid annually or monthly. 

Speak to your Vet if you are confused about your horse’s insurance policy. Your Vet will not be able to recommend a specific company due to legal reasons, but can advise on cover types.

Conclusion

To conclude, in answer to the question, ‘is there pet insurance for horses?’ yes of course! Pet and/or Vet insurance is always recommended, and I advise you to always read the small print to understand your policy inclusions and exclusions. Especially in today’s climate where there is so much economic uncertainty, having an insurance policy in place for your horse seems to be more important than ever!

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