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Welfare Wednesdays

Sign up for Welfare Wednesdays webinars or catch up on previous events.

Sign up for Welfare Wednesdays webinars or catch up on previous events.

Our Welfare Wednesdays events are a series of conversational webinars covering a range of relevant topics that will run throughout the year.  Whether you are a professional rider, a competitive amateur, a happy hacker, a dedicated carer of a non-ridden horse or anyone who just loves horses, we want you all to be part of it.   

Throughout the series we will have speakers from within World Horse Welfare as well as expert support from friends of the charity, sharing their knowledge on key topics.  Towards the end of each session we promise to give you a chance to ask the experts some questions live.

If you can’t make a particular webinar or you miss part of it, don’t worry – they will all be recorded so you can catch up on them here afterwards!

Upcoming Welfare Wednesdays webinars

Wednesday 28th July: “How to restrain horses appropriately

Join us on Wednesday 28th July at 7pm for the third in our series of webinars that focuses on equine mental wellbeing. This month we are looking at ‘How to restrain horses appropriately’.

Do you have a horse that is reluctant to be tied up or stand still? Do you have trouble clipping or deworming? Or is your horse difficult to inject? In all these situations, being able to restrain the horse in a way that is effective and humane is key to getting the job done safely. In this webinar, held in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, Dr Gemma Pearson will guide us in how to restrain horses using learning theory, a highly effective method that can transform equine behaviour. As part of this she will discuss the use of licks, food, and sedatives, and the role in equine handling of twitches and other types of physical restraint.

As well as being an equine vet, Gemma is one of only a handful of certified clinical equine behaviourists in the UK. The combination of these two qualifications gives her a powerful insight into equine behaviour and training, and her methods are highly effective.

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Following her presentation, Gemma will be joined for a panel discussion by Brad Hill, an equine vet who has worked in first opinion practice and is now a member of the equine teaching team at Nottingham Vet School, and Tony Evans, one of World Horse Welfare’s Field Officers who has over 40 years of experience in many facets of the equine industry. This will lead into a Q & A session in which you will have the chance to ‘ask the experts’ any questions you may have on the topic of restraining horses.

Join us as Gemma Pearson, Brad Hill, and Tony Evans discuss how to restrain horses appropriately. If you sign up for the webinar via Zoom you can also:

  • Take part in polls
  • Have your questions answered
  • Be part of the online chat
  • Receive advance notice about future webinars and events

The final webinar in this series, which will run on August 25th, will feature John Francome, Caroline Heard, and Dr. Andrew McLean who will discuss optimisation of equine mental wellbeing, with a particular focus on management and training.

Please note that our webinars are capped at 1,000 attendants on Zoom, but if you miss out on a place on Zoom you’ll be able to watch it live on Facebook or catch up on it on this page afterwards.

Catch up on previous Welfare Wednesdays webinars

“How to keep horse sport ethical” – with Professor Madeleine Campbell, Alex Hua Tian, and John Burns


“How to provide a good life for horses: Friends, freedom, and forage” – with internationally renowned Nat Waran, Sam York, an experienced and successful event rider and coach, and Rae Andrews, one of World Horse Welfare’s field officers and a seasoned competitor


“Equine strangles – Exploring the realities of this common disease” – with equine vet, Roxanne Kirton and World Horse Welfare Assistant Centre Manager of Glenda Spooner Farm, Sara Jerman


“Tacking up – being a pain or in pain?” – with internationally renowned equine vet, Sue Dyson, and World Horse Welfare Centre Manager, rider, and coach, Adam Cummins


“Alternative grazing systems” – with researcher Tamzin Furtado and our own Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre Manager Sue Hodgkins


“Buying a horse – traps for the unwary” – with vet Ben Mayes and World Horse Welfare Investigator Allison Williment


“Preparing for an emergency – equine first aid” – with vet Chris Tufnell and Deputy Chief Field Officer Jon Phipps


“Preparing your horse for competition” – with Mark Todd and Pippa Funnell


“Building your horse’s strength through groundwork” – with Chartered Physiotherapist Jo Paul and our own Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre Manager Eileen Gillen


“Recognising, managing and preventing skin disease” – with Professor Derek Knottenbelt and our own Chief Field Officer Claire Gordon


“Understanding laminitis – what every owner needs to know” – with Sarah Coombs and Dee Pollard 


“Maintaining your horse’s fitness and health during winter” – with Sir Mark Todd and our own Field Officer Jon Phipps


Understanding our horses’ behaviour and how they learn” – with Gemma Pearson and our own Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre Manager Claire Dickie


“Recognising pain in our ridden horses” – with Dr Sue Dyson and our own Deputy Chief Executive and Director of UK Tony Tyler

Download a PDF of “The influence of rider:horse bodyweight ratio and rider-horse-saddle fit on equine gait and behaviour: A pilot study”.

Download a PDF list of references made during the webinar.


Planning for equine end of life – and how to cope with it” – with Registered Mental Health Nurse Bronwen Williams and our own Chief Field Officer Claire Gordon


“Understanding colic – what we as owners need to know” – with Dr Katie Lightfoot, a Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, and our own International Programme Officer Izzy Wild, who is also a vet


“Keeping your pasture healthy throughout the year” – with Dr Simon Daniels, one of the Royal Agricultural University’s senior lecturers, and our own Field Officer John Burns


“Keeping on top of your horse’s dental health” – with vet and Equine Dental Technician Alice Hughes and our own Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre Manager Eileen Gillen


Keeping your horse at a healthy weight throughout the year (part 2) – nutrition” – with internationally renowned clinical equine nutritionist Dr Teresa Hollands and our own Assistant Centre Manager at Glenda Spooner Rescue and Rehoming Centre Sara Jerman


“Travelling your horse – managing risks for a better journey” – with world renowned equine transportation expert, scientist and vet Dr Barbara Padalino and our own Research and Education Officer Alana Chapman


“Controlling worms in your horse and their pasture” – with Kristy Hodgson and Claire Shand from Westgate, plus our own Field Officers Sarah Tucker and Chris Shaw


“Keeping your horse at a healthy weight throughout the year” – with internationally renowned clinical equine nutritionist Dr Teresa Hollands and our own Head of UK Support Sam Chubbock


“Protecting your horse from the (ever) growing threat of disease” – with world equine disease prevention and control expert Dr Richard Newton from the Animal Health Trust and our own Deputy Chief Executive and Director of UK Tony Tyler


“Maintaining your horse’s fitness over summer 2020” – with world class eventer Pippa Funnell and our own Adam Cummins, Centre Manager at Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre


Is there a particular topic you think would make a great Welfare Wednesdays webinar subject? Do get in touch and let us know!

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