HORSE WELFARE

British Racing’s Disappointing Whip Report

British Racing’s Disappointing Whip Report

The long awaited report from the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on the use of the whip represents a lost opportunity for rebuilding trust and bringing back enthusiastic crowds to British racetracks.Despite its 95 pages, the report overlooks almost the entirety of...

Sport Horse Welfare: Where are we at?

Sport Horse Welfare: Where are we at?

In a thorough review titled 'Champing at the Bit for Improvements: Equine Welfare in Equestrian Sports in the United Kingdom', independent researchers Tim Holmes and Ashleigh Brown, explore the effect of equestrian sports on the lifelong welfare of horses, highlight...

Swiss Guide to the Ethical Use of Horses

Swiss Guide to the Ethical Use of Horses

A guide to the ethical use of horses, with a focus on their welfare.  Horse sports are struggling to successfully match the public's expectations of welfare. Competition demands are not always compatible with satisfying the horse's needs, and the tension...

Horses and Floods

Horses and Floods

Horses and floods Floods are one of the most frequent natural disasters that horse owners have to deal with because many of the properties horses are kept in are floodplains. Despite this, it is easy to become complacent. This helpful information has been compiled by...

How to Find the Right Bit for your Horse

How to Find the Right Bit for your Horse

What’s the best bit for my horse? Well, I am glad you ask! It is a very important question that directly affects your horse’s well-being, but finding the answer involves considering and balancing many aspects, from the horse’s history, individual anatomy, conformation...

Helping Ranchers Identify Fatigue

Helping Ranchers Identify Fatigue

Five million horses live in Brazil. Nearly three-quarters of them work as ranch horses on beef cattle farms, spending long days driving, cutting, and transporting, sometimes across difficult terrains and in extreme weather. Researchers are helping ranchers recognise...

First Evidence-based Protocol for Wild Horse Welfare Assessment

First Evidence-based Protocol for Wild Horse Welfare Assessment

Brumby welfare If people would just leave brumbies, mustangs, and other free-roaming horses alone, they’d be able to live peaceful, happy lives with good welfare. Right? Maybe. Or maybe not. Judging the welfare of wild, free-roaming animals actually isn’t something...

How do Horses Sleep?

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 sleep habits...

Don’t box me in!

Don’t box me in!

box stalls and welfare 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...

Who’s responsible for the slaughtered ex-racehorses, and what can be done?

Who’s responsible for the slaughtered ex-racehorses, and what can be done?

Slaughter of horses. This weekend saw protests at Caulfield racecourse, following a shocking report last week on the ABC’s 7:30 program on the fate of thousands of racehorses in Australia. It is a confronting wake-up call for an industry already struggling to maintain...

The Cycle of Disaster Resilience

The Cycle of Disaster Resilience

When it comes to extreme weather events or the possibility of an emergency animal disease outbreak, it’s not so much a matter of ‘if’ but ‘when’. Understanding the lifecycle of disaster resilience helps us to know what to expect and how to be prepared, respond safely,...

Stereotypies

Stereotypies

In this article, Dr Rachel O’Higgins examines the current understanding of stereotypies - a group of behaviours which are commonly referred to as ‘stable vices’.  As Dr O’Higgins explains, horse owners must change the way they think about stereotypies; instead of...

How to Fit a Bit and Bridle Correctly

How to Fit a Bit and Bridle Correctly

Horse Bit and Bridle - As horse owners, we have a responsibility to ensure the well being of our horses. Every time you ride, your position, posture and aids have a direct impact on your horse. But, how can you successfully communicate with your horse if your tack is...

The Saddle Fitter Visit

The Saddle Fitter Visit

Horses and People speak with Hazel Morley of The Society of Master Saddlers, the most influential professional saddlery-related organisation in the world, about the importance of saddle fitting and why you should use a Society of Master Saddlers Registered Qualified...

Flip the Lip: Bits and Bitting Demystified

Flip the Lip: Bits and Bitting Demystified

Flip the Lip: Bits and Bitting Demystified If you want a topic to spark a conversation, generate some controversy or perhaps motivate someone to produce the collection of bits they’ve bought and tried over the years, then this is certainly it...  Whilst I make no...

Planning For Emergencies

Planning For Emergencies

Planning for Emergencies: Cyclones, floods and fires are an unfortunate part of Summer in Australia. Take some time to develop a safety plan and prepare a safety kit in case of emergency.  Here are some tips to help:  Safety plan Think about where to go and how to get...

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