World Horse Welfare announces the 7th International Colloquium on Working Equids


The UK’s leading horse charity, World Horse Welfare is pleased to announce that it will host the 7th International Colloquium on Working Equids at the Royal Holloway, University of London on 1-3 July 2014.

A Cambodian working horse and cart

Since 1991, the International Colloquium on Working Equids has been an important forum for discussing key health, welfare and productivity issues in relation to working horses, donkeys and mules.

The colloquium is held every four years and hosted by leading animal welfare organisations, including the Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA, WSPA and the Brooke, the last charity to host the colloquium held in India in 2010.

Next year World Horse Welfare, which works to improve the welfare of many working horses in Europe, Cambodia, Guatemala, Honduras, Lesotho, Mexico, Nicaragua, Senegal and South Africa in addition to its extensive work in the UK and Europe, will take the lead and address this question:

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

Head of Programme Development for World Horse Welfare, Karen O’Malley says: “There are over 100 million working equids in developing countries that fuel the economies across Africa, Central America and Asia. These working horses lead demanding and exhausting lives made worse by the wounds and injuries they suffer through inadequate shoeing, harnessing and nutrition.

“Our international programmes improve horse care and livelihoods in some of the world’s poorest communities. Our teams work with horse-owning communities to identify barriers to better horse care, teach new skills and help them better feed and tend to their most important asset.

“This colloquium will provide an excellent opportunity to learn from one another and share best practice to benefit working equids worldwide.”

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 colloquium will feature two days of presentations and breakout group discussions with keynote speakers, poster displays, ‘charity knowledge exchange’ and a discussion panel forum. This will be followed by a one day practical workshop.
The event will take place at the Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, UK. Registration for the event will open on 1st October 2013.

Invitations for research:
The colloquium is a recognised forum for discussing new research in the field of working equid welfare, and World Horse Welfare would like to encourage contributions relevant to the questions asked here from all key stakeholders. The colloquium’s scientific committee will be inviting submission of abstracts, which will provide opportunities for successful applicants to share their findings through oral and poster presentations.