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Tag: "equine welfare"

Take a moment to think about what the term ‘equine welfare’ means to you. Does it describe the animal’s physical condition or does it speak more widely of the animal’s ethology, such as whether it has the opportunity to express natural, species-specific behaviours? Does it mean something deeper still, perhaps delving into the subjective realms of equine happiness, contentment, joy?

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When trying to instigate change for the betterment of horses and their jockeys, to challenge long held beliefs and values and to introduce new checks and balances to sacred traditions it is a brave pioneer who dares to peep above the parapet and lead the way...

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Horses today live longer, healthier lives than ever before. We selectively breed horses to jump higher, run faster, move more flamboyantly... But the question many horse lovers would like to know the answer to is this: Are they happy? Are the domesticated lives we provide our horses fulfilling? How do…

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Professor Natalie Waran, previous Director of the Jeanne Marchig International Center for Animal Welfare Education (JMICAWE) at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh and currently Executive           Dean at Eastern Institute of Technology, New Zealand, discusses equine welfare, primarily in Third World countries.