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Horse Welfare

Equine Sleep Deprivation Study

March 2019

Sleep is essential for life. The quality and quantity of a horse’s sleep directly affects their health and well-being. However, sleep is rarely considered as part of a horse’s management plan. But a new study has found that poor management or physical problems that discourage horses from lying down can lead to horses becoming sleep deprived and at risk of serious injury. Sleep is a naturally occurring state involving both the body and the mind.

Learn to Recognise the Subtle Signs of Pain

February 2019

Horses are instinctively ‘stoic’, they do their best to mask all signs of pain in an effort to keep-up and blend-in with the rest of their herd. By the time your horse shows clear signs of lameness or injury, it is likely a lot of damage has already been done. Although they may not scream it loud and clear, horses do display subtle signs they are in pain and/or discomfort.

End of tight nosebands for The Netherlands

April 2019

From April 1st 2019, in The Netherlands, nosebands will have to be loose enough to allow a 1.5 cm gap between the strap and the nose bones in all disciplines regulated by the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS).

You're anthropomorphising! But, is it all that bad?

April 2019

It might be a mouthful to pronounce, but anthropomorphism does not need to be hard to swallow. In this article, Dr Kirrilly Thompson moves away from a discussion about whether or not anthropomorphism is bad, to a consideration of when and how it can produce positive or negative outcomes for horses. Anthropomorphisation is, literally, the application of human (anthropos) form (morpho) to animals and is, essentially, the attribution of human characteristics to animals. Anthropomorphising is understanding animals on human terms – not their own.

The Five Domains as a framework for horse welfare assessment and monitoring

March 2019

Watch Professor Emeritus David Mellor present An understanding of the Five Domains, and explain how to use this state-of-the-art welfare assessment and monitoring framework within the domestic horse context. The presentation took place at Hahndorf, South Australia on 13th February 2019 as part of the Sport Horse Welfare and Social Licence to Operate Professional Development Event, hosted by Horse SA.

Racing and Equestrian Meet on the Common Ground of Horse Welfare

March 2019

In a ground-breaking, collaborative initiative by Horse SA, equestrian industry, business and social leaders gathered on 13th and 14th February, to discuss sport horse welfare and social licence to operate.

Sleep deprivation a risk to mental and physical health

March 2019

Sleep is essential for life. The quality and quantity of a horse’s sleep directly affects their health and well-being. However, sleep is rarely considered as part of a horse’s management plan. A new study has found that poor management or physical problems can discourage horses from lying down and this leads to horses becoming sleep deprived and at risk of serious injury. The findings were presented at the 13th International Equitation Science Conference in Rome during September 2018.

The shocking use of 'jiggers' in horse racing

March 2019

Violence towards animals can never be condoned, whether in horse racing or to animals in general. Shutterstock/gabriel Trainer Darren Weir will not contest three charges for alleged possession of electronic devices used to give shocks to horses, according to a statement released by Racing Victoria earlier today. The statement says assistant trainer Jarrod McLean will contest a charge for allegedly possessing a similar electric shocking device.

Laminitis as common as colic and there's no 'safe' season

February 2019

Recent research suggests that laminitis is as common as colic. The study, led by Dr Danica Pollard, a PhD student at the Royal Veterinary College, found that one in 10 horses or ponies may develop at least one laminitis episode each year.   The research was conducted at the Animal Health Trust, in collaboration with Rossdales Equine Hospital, and funded by World Horse Welfare.  

Striding out on horse welfare in a social media world

February 2019

A world-first cross-sector professional development event for racing and equestrian people is set to be held on February 13 and 14, 2019, in Hahndorf, South Australia. The event ‘Sport Horse Welfare and Social Licence to Operate’ will provide an opportunity to examine the ‘why and how to’ of state-of-the-art welfare assessment, plus the role of social licence to operate in the context of horse sports.

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