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Equine Insurance

NFU Mutual has received many questions from worried owners and riders who are very concerned with regard to insurance cover in place as further restrictions are implemented by the Government to help combat the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Detailed below are a few commonly occurring questions which we have provided answers to in the hope to put customers minds at rest.

If you’re worried about your situation, and can’t find your answer here, then remember your local Agent or Mutual Direct are here to help.

At present, there are no specific government guidelines with regard to riding your horse. The BHS advise that it is not appropriate to put unnecessary pressure on the emergency services and everyone should make their own individual decision as to whether they wish to ride at this time. Further information can be found on the BHS website.

Under NFU Mutual Horse and Rider policy, it is a general condition that you do everything reasonable to look after your horse, including appropriate worming and vaccination, regular foot care by a registered farrier and annual dental checks.

It is also stated with regard to specific vaccinations, if your horse suffers from tetanus we will not pay your claim unless you can prove your horse has a current tetanus vaccination.

Due to the current restrictions in place, we understand that it may not be possible for your horse to have its booster vaccination. If any claims are submitted as a direct result of your horse not being vaccinated because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, NFU Mutual will honour your claim, subject to appropriate cover in force.

Once the Coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions have been lifted it is expected that the average claim cost for alternative treatment may increase. This is due to routine treatments having to be postponed. NFU Mutual will look at each of these cases and pay additional costs where appropriate.