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.

Download the full proceedings plus rapporteur report.

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.

Testimonials from delegates-

“The well-planned organisation was seamless. Many viewpoints were represented from human development and expert speakers across many subjects (impressive) and built-in networking opportunities were fantastic.”

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.

“The colloquium was extremely useful and positive and I am sure will ultimately lead to improvement of animal health and welfare through the learning and teaching that went on and also by the contacts made and collaborations and ideas sparked for the future.”

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.

“I was impressed that an environment for exchanging ideas was achieved and that there was sufficient opportunity to engage different key people in conversations about strategic approaches.”

Download the event programme

Download the practical day programme

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