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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 26th May: “How to provide a good life for horses: Friends, freedom, and forage”

Join us on Wednesday 26th May at 7pm for the first in a series of monthly webinars, held in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, that will focus on equine mental wellbeing.

In this webinar, we will explore the importance of the ‘3 Fs’ – friends, freedom, and forage – to equine wellbeing, as well as other ways that we can give horses a good life. Internationally-renowned Professor Natalie (Nat) Waran will take us on a guided tour of this newly emerging topic. Nat’s unique mix of warmth, practicality, and science makes her a standout speaker on any topic related to equine welfare, and we can be assured of an interesting and thought-provoking evening.

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Among other topics, Nat will discuss:

  • What the 3Fs are
  • Why they are important
  • How they can be integrated into equine husbandry
  • What issues may arise if the 3 Fs are not provided.

Following her presentation, Nat will be joined by a leading equestrian and a colleague from World Horse Welfare to discuss practical issues surrounding provision of the 3 Fs. 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 this important topic.

Join us as Nat Waran and a panel of experts discuss how we can give horses a ‘good life’, with a focus on providing friends, freedom, and forage. 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

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Other webinars in this series on equine mental wellbeing, which will run on June 23rd, July 28th, and August 25th, will feature Professor Madeleine Campbell, John Francome, Brad Hill, Dr. Andrew McLean, Gemma Pearson, and Alex Hua Tian.

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

“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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