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Saturday, 13 January 2018

5 Ways To Save Money On Your Horse’s Veterinary Bills

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It’s time to say neigh to high veterinary bills. Like most other expenses involved in the care of your
horse, there are money saving methods that can have you forking out less. Here are just a few ways
to pay less on veterinary visits.

Keep on top of cleanliness

Many vet visits can be prevented by keeping on top of cleanliness when looking after your horse.
Fresh drinking water is a must – many cases of colic can be put down to unclean water. Make sure
that containers for keeping food and water in are also clean. Mucking out your horse’s stall regularly
can also prevent various illnesses and infections.

Eliminate trip hazards

Dangers on the ground can also lead to injuries and further vet bills. Winter is the most common time
for these hazards. Water around troughs can freeze up and become slippery, which could cause your
horse to lose its footing. This should be treated with a non-toxic ice-melting product. Your horse’s
manure can also freeze up and become a trip hazard, so make sure that this is all cleaned up. Make
sure to also scan your training area regularly for any trip hazards – cutting the grass back can make it
easier to spot branches and rocks that could pose a risk.

Take out pet insurance

Pet insurance can help to pay for all those big veterinary costs, but monthly rates can work out more
expensive in the long run if you don’t take the time to compare providers. It could be worth looking for
specialist horse insurance schemes as these may allow you to save money. The age of your horse
and the lifestyle your horse leads can also play a large factor. Fixed for life rates are rare but do exist
there – taking out such a scheme when your horse is young could be hugely profitable.

Shop around

Different veterinary clinics in your area are likely to charge different rates. This could be due to many
factors such as the range of treatment the clinic of offers, the experience of staff and the location. By
shopping around you may be able to find low cost vet care in your area. Be aware that you can
negotiate pricing too – certain vet clinics may allow you to pay bills in instalments over several months.

Spot the warning signs early

Getting treatment early in many cases can save you huge costs. Joint problems can have knock-on effects on other joints if not seen to early – this could result in costly surgery. Colic meanwhile should also be treated immediately. Not only will you be saving money, you could increase your horse’s chance of survival as opposed to waiting it out.

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