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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.

We’re very excited to announce that we’re launching “Welfare Wednesdays”: a series of conversational webinars aimed at 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 2nd December – “Maintaining your horse’s fitness and health during winter

Join us on 2nd December as we welcome international eventer and World Horse Welfare Patron Sir Mark Todd to chat to us about how he keeps his horses fit and healthy over the long winter months. Mark will share some of his top winter tips with us and explain how he manages his different horses, taking in account their age, current level of training and his future plans for them, when faced with cold, wet, short days. Mark will be joined by one of our Field Officers, Jon Phipps, who will provide an insight into the types of welfare situations he’s likely to encounter during the winter months. Jon will share with us some ideas of how we, as owners, can make some simple changes to the way we manage our horses that can really make a big difference. Both Mark and Jon will be on hand at the end of the webinar to answer any questions you might have. Sign up now.

Wednesday 16th December – this webinar will discuss how best to prevent laminitis and manage horses and ponies who are prone to it.

Catch up on previous Welfare Wednesdays webinars

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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