Catastrophe Cover

Our Catastrophe Cover is an affordable vet fee option that can either be purchased as a standalone policy for just £300* or in conjunction with other cover benefits such as Mortality Insurance, Public Liability Insurance, Personal Accident Insurance, Trailer Insurance and/or Tack Insurance**.

This unique level includes vets fees up to a maximum of £7,500 in total during the policy period with a 15 month claim period. The cover is for accidental, external injuries only (i.e. involving an open wound), plus the inclusion of three life saving veterinary procedures; Colic surgery, joint or tendon sheath flushing as a result of sepsis, and surgery for pastern or pedal bone fractures.

It offers an alternative solution for those looking to have some form of insurance in place against major, lifesaving veterinary treatment for a much more affordable premium.

“Catastrophe Cover will be good news for people who previously could not afford to insure but were worried about serious accidents and severe colic requiring surgery. It provides peace of mind for those scenarios when treatment is expensive but necessary and would otherwise result in significant financial cost or even the horse being put down.” Dr. Annie Ashman MA VetMB MRCVS

Standalone Cover – If you would like to purchase standalone cover then please give our office a call on 0345 230 2323 and a member of the team will be happy to help.

Combined with Mortality Cover – If you would like a quotation or to purchase the cover for this vet fee level in conjunction with Mortality Cover, then you can either give our office a call on 0345 230 2323 or get an Online Quote. Online, this vet fee option is only available under our leisure policy and is referred to as ‘Scale B’ Vets Fees. Please note, via our online system you can only insure horses for Catastrophe Cover with mortality cover up to and including £5,000. If your horse is valued above this, please phone the office and we will be able to provide a quotation for you.

Combined with Other Cover Benefits – If you would like to obtain a quotation for this vet fee option in conjunction with Public Liability Insurance, Personal Accident Insurance, Trailer Insurance and/or Tack Insurance, please call the office on 0345 230 2323 to discuss your requirements with a member of the team. 

*Price includes IPT. Standard Terms and Conditions and Underwriting criteria apply.

**Other cover benefits will incur an additional premium.

Features & Documents

Catastrophe Cover – Eligibility

Your Horse’s Age

Our Catastrophe Cover provides vet fee insurance for horses aged from 90 days to 20 years. If your horse does not fit into this bracket, we are able to offer you alternative cover, for more information please call us on 0345 230 2323 or go to our horse insurance page to read more about our vet fee options. 

Your Horse’s Value

If you do not wish to insure your horse for mortality please call our office on 0345 230 2323 for a quote.

If you would like to insure a horse that is valued at £5,000 or under and include Catastrophe Cover (scale B vets fees) you can do so through our online quote system.

If you wish to insure your horse for mortality and it is valued over £5,000 please call our office for a quote. 

Your Horse’s Use

This policy is designed to cover Leisure and Competition horses, it does not cover racehorses. 

All horses (and owners!) must be domiciled in the United Kingdom.

Catastrophe Cover – Cover Available

Catastrophe Cover pays 100% of the Veterinary Fees after the excess has been deducted up to a maximum of £7,500 in total during the policy period for:

– Accidental External Injuries Only (AEIO)

– Colic Surgery

– Joint or Tendon Sheath Flushing as a result of Sepsis

– Surgery for Pastern & Pedal Bone Fractures

The insured horse is covered for 15 months from the onset date of an incident.

The excess is £140 or as stated on the Certificate of Insurance, it applies to each incident.

Other cover options include death, theft and straying, loss of use, legal liability, personal accident, saddlery and tack, trailer or horse drawn vehicle cover. Other cover benefits will incur an additional premium. 

Catastrophe Cover – Vetting Requirements

If you are purchasing standalone Catastrophe Cover a vetting is not required. 

If you would like to take out our Mortality & Theft Cover or Permanent Loss of Use, please refer to the relevant table below.

For all levels of cover you will be required to complete a Proposal Form.

 Mortality & Theft Cover only:

Market Values up to £9,999 None, unless you have had a pre purchase vetting carried out in which case you will need to send us a copy
Market Values £10,000 to £20,000 Two or five stage vetting*

 Permanent Loss of Use Cover:

Market Values up to £9,999 Five stage vetting*
Market Values £10,000 – £19,999 Five stage vetting* plus X-rays.
View x-ray requirements
Market Values £20,000 and above Five stage vetting* plus X-rays.
View x-ray requirements

*Any vetting should have been carried out no more than 14 days before the start of the cover. If the vetting falls outside of this period then we would require a new vetting to be carried out in addition to seeing the original vetting.

 

Catastrophe Cover – Policy Documents

Terms and Conditions

The Terms and Conditions outline the full details of cover available under the KBIS Leisure Policy, the KBIS Competition Policy and the KBIS B&W Equine Plan Policy.

Policies taken out on or after 01/01/2019 

Insurance Product Information Document (IPID)

The IPID outlines the significant features, benefits, exclusions and limitations of the KBIS Leisure Policy, the KBIS Competition Policy and the KBIS B&W Equine Plan Policy. They do not contain the full Terms and Conditions. 

Policies taken out on or after 01/01/2019 

        Archive

        If your policy started before 01/1/2019 then please visit our archive page to view the relevant Key Facts, IPID and Terms and Conditions.

        What Our Clients Say

        Frequently Asked Questions

        What is covered under the Catastrophe Cover policy?

        The cover is for accidental, external injuries only (i.e. involving an open wound), plus the inclusion of three lifesaving veterinary procedures; Colic surgery, joint or tendon sheath flushing as a result of sepsis, and surgery for pastern or pedal bone fractures.
        You can claim up to £7,500 in total during the policy period.

        How does Catastrophe Cover differ from other vets fee options?

        Firstly Catastrophe Cover can be purchased as a standalone vets fee option without including other types of cover such as mortality insurance.
        Secondly Catastrophe Cover is limited to specific incidents (these include Accident external injuries involving an open wound), Colic Surgery, Joint and Tendon Sheath flushing due to Sepsis and Surgery for Pedal and Pastern Bone Fractures. This makes the cover more limited than full vets fees which would normally offer cover for all incidents and illness that are not specifically excluded or do not pr-exist the policy.
        Both these limitations on the scope of the cover make it a more affordable option.

        What age horse can be covered under the Catastrophe Cover policy?

        We can cover horses from 90 days old to 20 years old under the Catastrophe Cover.

        How much can I claim under the Catastrophe Cover policy?

        You can claim up to £7,500 within the policy period, this can be split between multiple smaller claims or a single larger claim. There is a £140 excess pre incident which means that you will be responsible for the first £140 of each and every claim.

        How long can I claim for under the Catastrophe Cover policy?

        You can claim for veterinary fee cover for 15 months from the onset of the incident; that is when the first clinical signs of the illness or injury were noted provided that you notify us of the incident within the policy period.

        What disciplines can I do under the Catastrophe Cover policy?

        Catastrophe Cover is available for all standard disciplines such as eventing, dressage, showjumping, pony club, riding club, hunting, driving (not including trotting), pleasure riding and for horses out at grass. If the activity you take part in is not included, please read the terms and conditions for the full list or contact our office.
        Please note that Racing and Polo are not included within the cover.

        What cover can be included along with Catastrophe Cover?

        You can add on extra benefits to Catastrophe Cover and these can include Mortality, Public Liability, Personal Accident and tack and trailer cover.

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