Horse Welfare

Four members of the Tasmanian Pony Club, Huntingfield, smile for the camera on their chesnut horses. Future proofing Pony Club

Pony Club Australia (PCA) recently celebrated its 80th birthday, but with the release of a new and updated syllabus that incorporates the latest, evidence-based knowledge in equine welfare and equitation, the institution is in no danger of becoming old fashioned or irrelevant. Future Proofing Pony Club. With over 23,000 ridersRead More →

a bay horse lying down in a field, in lateral recumbency. How do horses sleep?

Whether you ride horses or just admire them from afar, at some point you might have wondered how they sleep. Maybe you saw a pony lying in a field and wondered if they sleep lying down or standing up. If you have pets, you probably already know that the sleepRead More →

Horse Euthanasia Target. End-of-Life Options

End-of-life options This article focuses on what the end-of-life options are for horses, and the advantages and disadvantages of these options. It further discusses some of the welfare problems associated with slaughter and how some of these could be addressed. Article Highlights There is an array of welfare issues associatedRead More →

Horses are not meant to be confined to stables.

A gilded cage is still a cage. For horses, “gilded cages” come in the form of luxurious box stalls, clean and maintained, with modern sliding doors, windows to the outside, padded mats, wide aisles between the rows of stalls, and riding facilities just outside the main entrance. Maybe these stallsRead More →

Welts show as multifocal raised skin lesions in linear patterns that match the shape of the padded whip and the location of the whip strikes

Vow And Declare’s post-race whip welts contradict racing’s official line that padded whips don’t hurt. The welts show up on a number of images we have obtained, as a series of blisters (raised skin lesions), grouped into almost parallel linear patterns that match the site of the whip strikes heRead More →

A noseband that allows two adult fingers to fit between the nasal bones and the strap. ISES Position Statement on use of Nosebands, End of Tight Nosebands for Dutch Horses

In light of the findings of several recent noseband-related studies, this 2019 position statement by the International Society for Equitation Science replaces a previous version (2012) and reflects additional scientific evidence of potential adverse effects of restrictive nosebands on horses. For the purpose of this position statement, a restrictive nosebandRead More →