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Can you insure a horse during an EHV outbreak?

These questions have been addressed by Connaway Laura, the president of an Equine Insurance agency and a grand Prix horse rider. She has also explained fully what all horse owners should know about how to insure a horse on EHV and expect from the insurance carriers in this critical time.

This article will give you answers to these questions that Laura Connaway gave to horse owners and all that you need to know about insuring a horse during an EHV outbreak.
Before we proceed, let us refresh your memory about what EHV is and the effects that it can have on your horse.

What is an EHV (Equine Herpes Virus)


Equine Herpes Virus (EHV), which is also associated with EHM (Equine Herpes Virus Myeloencephalopathy, is a neurologic disease or infection common in horses all over the world. When blood vessels in the spinal cord and brain are associated with the EHV infection, you will see the neurological signs in your horse. If it interferes with the supply of blood, then it can result in damage to the tissues and some areas in the spinal cord and brain as they will begin to malfunction.

The effects of EHV-1

If a horse has been infected with EHV-1, it will exhibit four manifestations, including neonatal death, respiratory disease, neurological form, and abortion. EHM is mainly being caused by EHV-1 neuropathogenic or mutant strains.


EHV-3 usually causes a venereal infection that is known as equine coital exanthema. This disease affects a horse’s external genitalia.


This one primarily affects young horses. It causes a kind of disease rarely associated with a neurological disease and uncommonly with abortion.

Now, let us go back to our main topic of discussion; can you insure a horse during an EHV outbreak? Find the details below:

As a professional of equine insurance, how often o you need to confront EHV (Equine Herpes Virus) to protect your horse?

So many EHV strains usually crop up regularly. For example, in 2006 and 2013, the United States recorded a significant rise in cases. There seems to be an uptick every 5 or 6 years. It often occurs when you keep horses in concentrated areas. Insurance carriers are closely following issues like the outbreaks of EHV, and they will eventually let us know the particular areas and time that it is happening in the country.

As a venue or barn owner, can special insurance coverage be secured to keep your horses protected in case there is an EHV outbreak on that property?

Certainly not! A venue or barn owner does not have special coverage to hold for such infectious diseases. If you own a horse, bring your horse to the venue or barn, and you will compete at the owner’s risk. So, it is left to the horse owner to ensure the safety of his/her horse.

What is the probability for insurance coverage to be issued by insurance carriers to protect your horses during an EHV outbreak?


All insurance carriers have their different view on it. Some of them are a little bit more reactive if you compare them to others. Some carriers are currently being extra sensitive about the location and potential exposures of the horses, while others do not even care about that.

From the perspective of an insurance carrier and agency, we regularly go through dealing with the outbreak of infectious viruses, such as EHV-1. This is almost the same as dealing with extreme weather conditions/events. For instance, as weather warnings and category storms continue to occur unexpectedly, what insurance carriers will do is cover just what they have promised their present customers that they were going to cover. There is nothing that will change the way they deal with their current customers. Carriers often limit the risk as they avoid taking fresh customers during the storm’s path.

Therefore, if your horse/horses were in a location where there are EHV cases or the horse was already in contact with the virus, there is every possibility that some particular carriers will refuse to expose themselves to newer risks. Then thus would not agree to issue any new coverage (insurance) for a designated period. But still, know that it all depends on each carrier.

If Someone Imports a Horse from Europe When There is an Outbreak of EHV, Can Insurance Cover It?

It is a little bit trickier based on Europe’s current outbreak of EHV-1. This is constantly changing; it changes every day. So, I will advise you to discuss this with your personal insurance agency directly. They can help you to find the best possible option.

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What factors that the insurance carriers usually consider as they get information about an outbreak of EHV-1?

As we bind the coverage, the carrier’s responsibility is to know the current location of the horse. Such as where the horse has gone, and what it has been doing. All these will help them to know how exposed the horse has been to EHV.

Are there any tips that you would like to give horse owners, that are planning to insure their horse properly during an outbreak of EHV-1?

Whether it is the outbreak of EHV that we are dealing with or not, it is necessary to ensure that a horse gets front-end insurance. I mean this; the horse owner should present the whole exposures and risks upfront to enable the carrier to know the exact risk they are about to accept.



Follow these tips to ensure safety for your horse about any virus outbreak.



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