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A new study has shown that far­ri­ers need to work more closely with horse own­ers to spot the sub­tle signs of laminitis. In re­search car­ried out by the Univer­sity of Sur­rey’s School of Psy­chol­ogy and School for Ve­teri­nary Medicine, far­ri­ers and own­ers were in­ter­viewed at length to dis­cover how their re­la­tion­ship and ap­proach to equine care could help pre­vent laminitis. The re­sults showed far­ri­ers who have a holis­tic ap­proach to what they do place an em­pha­sis on build­ing long-stand­ing and trust­ing re­la­tion­ships with own­ers. This ap­proach, it seems, can po­ten­tially re­duce in­stances of laminitis, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the two is key to this. Fig­ures re­vealed 75% of horses in the UK are cared for by their own­ers, many of them new to the role or with­out the knowl­edge needed to care for horses at risk of this de­bil­i­tat­ing con­di­tion. This is where the re­la­tion­ship with the far­rier and his/her ap­proach to their work be­comes im­por­tant. Lead author of the study, Jenny Lyn­den, said: “The re­la­tion­ship be­tween an owner and far­rier is not to be un­der­es­ti­mated. The key is to en­sure far­ri­ers and own­ers are matched ap­pro­pri­ately so that own­ers who need a more holis­tic-fo­cused ap­proach can ac­cess far­ri­ers who want to of­fer it.”

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