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Advantages of alternative grazing systems – find out more at the next equine welfare webinar

Find out more about these alternative ways to approach your horse’s grazing on the latest Welfare Wednesday Webinar

Would you like to provide your horses with more choice and enrichment? Do you have a serious mud problem? Or do you have a horse that is prone to laminitis, tends to be overweight or has arthritis? Alternative grazing systems may be the answer and you can find out more by joining equine researcher, Tamzin Furtado and Sue Hodgkins, Centre Manager at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre on Wednesday, 31 March at 7pm for the latest Welfare Wednesday Webinar.

There are many reasons for considering alternatives to traditional paddocks when turning horses out. Many owners who have set up alternative grazing systems feel that their horses are happier and healthier as a result. They also report gaining greater enjoyment from caring for and watching their horses in their new environment, and from caring for their land in a different way. A few of the reported benefits include:

  • More hours spent eating
  • Fewer calories consumed
  • More exercise
  • Lower risk of behavioural problems
  • Reduced risk of conditions such as laminitis, equine metabolic syndrome, and gastric ulcers
  • Greater enrichment
  • Less mud

If you are interested in finding out more about these alternative ways to approach your horse’s grazing, register to learn more!

By registering for the webinar through Zoom, you will be able to take part in the various polls, ask questions during the live Q and A session with the speakers and be assured of an informative and interactive experience. If you are keen to be part of the conversation, then please join.

The fortnightly webinars from World Horse Welfare are free to attend, and they can also be viewed live as a Facebook Live session. If you have missed any if the previous webinars – which have tackled subjects as fascinating and diverse as keeping animals fit, weight management and euthanasia – they are all available to watch on the World Horse Welfare YouTube channel.

More about the two presenters

Tamzin Furtado is a researcher based at the University of Liverpool where she studies equine welfare, management and horse-human relationships. She is particularly interested in finding ways to keep horses that meet their welfare needs, promote good horse-human relationships and are good for the environment. Tamzin’s PhD focused on the management of obesity in leisure horses, helping owners to find ways of managing their horses’ weight while maintaining high levels of well-being.

Sue Hodgkins joined World Horse Welfare in 1997, starting as Head Girl at Overa Farm. She later became Assistant Centre Manager for both Overa Farm and Hall Farm and then, in 2007, she took on the role of Centre Manager at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm, a position she still holds. Before joining the charity, Sue trained for her BHS qualifications at a large equestrian centre and it was here that she became involved with carriage driving. She subsequently spent seven years on the driving circuit, competing at both national and international events with pony pairs, horse pairs, and teams of four.

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