October / November / December 2019

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October / November / December 2019

Setting a standard for good horse welfare
by Valentina Kupresan-Jackson, Equine Behavioural Sciences Institute

In her 2003 article, Focus on animal welfare, Caroline Hewson stated, “…whatever we decide (about animal welfare) as a profession or as individuals, we must be knowledgeable” (Hewson, 2003).

This statement is of paramount significance as it highlights one of the reasons why good animal welfare standards can be challenging for many practitioners to achieve. When horse owners and practitioners lack the skills, experience and knowledge to identify good animal welfare practices, let alone implement and maintain them, the horses under their care may exhibit mental and physical states that are indicative of low welfare standards . . . 

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