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We’ll need your horse’s age, the breed, and how much you initially paid for your horse (if applicable). Perhaps most importantly, we’ll need details of the kinds of activities you will be participating in.
Potential activities range from the least intensive (keeping a ‘horse at grass’ or breeding) to those of a much more competitive nature (advanced eventing, polo, dressage and competitive riding). All this will factor into the price of your insurance quote.
Medical history is another important factor for equine insurance and it directly influences the cost of your policy. We’ll need details of any previous health conditions your horse may have had, including past vaccinations and any surgical procedures.
Leave nothing to chance by providing a full medical history. Accuracy is important to find a policy that works for you.
Taking out lifetime coverage means you’ll be covered against costs relating to an illness or injury for the full lifetime of your horse. You’ll be covered against costs up to a certain amount each year.
Helpfully, in the unfortunate event that your mare or stallion suffers an ongoing or recurring illness, you can renew your policy year on year to get the coverage you need for as long as you need it.
With a maximum benefit policy, you’ll be covered against all accidents and illnesses and will receive a maximum sum of money if your horse has an accident or becomes ill.
We’ll go into greater detail on the illnesses your horse may be susceptible to, but remember that once the maximum sum has been paid out most insurers won’t provide the same sum again.
If your horse is sometimes skittish or even a little clumsy, you might want to consider an accident-only plan. You’ll receive a fixed sum in the event that your beloved pet has an accident which you can put towards the treatment or recovery.
A time-limited policy covers your horse for a specific time period which may commence from the beginning of an illness or injury. This is helpful because you’ll be covered for as long as you need with a fixed sum.
You’ll find that most trusted insurers will provide basic cover for ‘death, theft and straying’, three unfortunate parameters that will be covered on every horse insurance policy regardless of the amount you pay.
However there are some additional things that you might want coverage for. Think about your needs and your current situation. Do you need specific horse rider insurance? Maybe your horse is strictly ‘at grass’ and will not compete. The coverage you receive depends largely on what you need and how much you intend to pay.
With any horse insurance policy, you will want coverage against costly vet bills. If your trusty nag experiences illness or injury, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re protected against the cost of treatments and recovery.
Most insurance plans will have a policy that pays towards the cost of repairing or replacing damaged/lost saddlery and tack. These kinds of equipment are often very costly.
If by accident, illness, injury or disease your horse is rendered unable to participate in one of the activities you had in mind (i.e competitive sports), then you can receive coverage according to the sum insured.
You will find that many insurers provide specific loss of use coverage relating to external causes - for example, your horse crashes through an obstacle during training.
In the case of loss and/or theft, most reputable insurers will cover you for both.
Losing a horse is absolutely heartbreaking. If you’re unfortunate enough to lose yours by injury or illness, most trusted insurers will cover you. That said, if your horse passes away from old age then you might find you’re ineligible for coverage.
As we mentioned earlier, if your horse is a little skittish then you should perhaps factor this into your coverage. Third-party cover, for example, is a must-have. You’ll be covered if he or she injures somebody or damages their property. You receive the amount necessary to make sufficient reparations to the third-party.
This is the first thing you can do to significantly cut costs. Shop around and take a long hard look at what our insurers can offer you. Compare policies to get the one that applies most to you. You’ll get cashback, too! You’ll get quotes from only the best horse insurance policies so you’re spoilt for choice.
When it comes to horse insurance, most companies refer to a ‘tiered’ selection of activities that help you decide the type of coverage you need. If, for example, your horse occasionally takes part in low-competition, low-risk local shows then you don’t need to be insured for the more high-risk activities like regular competitive eventing.
Keep in mind the activities your horse will be taking part in and make a decision based on that. It will save you significant amounts of money.
Saddlery and tack equipment can be quite costly so they often come with some form of insurance or warranty included. If this is the case with you, then you can reduce costs by deselecting saddle and tack coverage from your search.
Maintaining a healthy diet and active lifestyle for your horse can help reduce your premiums and prevent any unforeseen vet visits. Of course this is often out of your control but a healthy lifestyle is the best preventative measure to incurring vets fees.
As your horse gets older, its value will drop. You should keep your insurer updated with the age of your horse as it will influence the cost of your policy and could help reduce it.
Multi-horse cover is one of the most popular requirements for equestrian insurance because many companies offer a discount. If you’re pushed for time and have done as much research as you can, finding a multi-horse policy ensures that you’re fully covered for each and every mare or stallion you own.
As an added note, if your horse has reached a certain age where it’s less active and perhaps no longer participating in events then you might consider removing loss of use from your policy. Generally speaking, loss of use cover is vital if your horse is active and is still participating in events.
There is currently no legal requirement for you to have third-party coverage to ride on the road. That said, we recommend that you do have third-party cover because some of the most common claims for third-party liability are car accidents. These can of course be fatal, so you should think about whether you need third-party coverage or not.
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*This policy provides annual cover including the cost of vet fees up to £2,500.