The 7th International Colloquium on Working Equids 2014

Colloquium Practical Day Glenda Spooner Farm

World Horse Welfare was pleased to host The 7th International Colloquium on Working Equids at the Royal Holloway, University of London on 1-3 July 2014.

This event was an essential forum for those who want to improve the welfare of the 100 million working horses, ponies, donkeys and mules around the world – as well as those seeking to improve livelihoods in communities that depend on them.

Evidence suggests that the welfare of both working equids and people is strongly influenced by socio-economic factors, but how well understood is the role of the working equine on human livelihoods - and how do we establish more effectively the link between the welfare of both? This formed the basis for the theme of the Colloquium, which addressed the question:

“How do we demonstrate the importance of working equid welfare to human livelihoods?”

We approached this theme in three parts:

  •     What role do working equids play in human livelihoods – and how well is this currently recognised?
  •     Does a holistic approach to improving equine welfare produce better outcomes?
  •     What is the role of veterinary science?

The Colloquium featured two days of presentations and breakout group discussions with keynote speakers, poster displays, Charity Knowledge Exchange stands and a discussion panel forum. This was followed by a one-day practical workshop.

Colloquium Practical Day Glenda Spooner Farm

The Colloquium is an essential event for the international audience of working equine practitioners as well as those working in human international development, including veterinarians, technical advisers, project managers, community development practitioners, academics and equine and human welfare NGOs.

The event took place at Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey. TW20 0EX. UK. Registration for the event opened on 2nd October 2013