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Don’t break your vet…

Equine vets have one of the highest injury risks of all civilian professions. To help address this serious issue the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) has produced a series of short videos, featuring vet Gemma Pearson MRCVS who is doing research on horse behaviour

The videos provide quick and simple ways of teaching horses to be quiet, relaxed and safe for injections, clipping, worming, examinations and other veterinary procedures.

Having met Gemma and seen more of her work I can only suggest you take time to watch and learn!

Links to the other videos are here.

Learning to stand still and be calmer

Head shy Horses

Calm clipping 

Barging horse – leading and safer loading

 

BEVA highlights welfare issue of tight nosebands

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Australian research reported in the Guardian newspaper in May 2016 indicated that horses’ heart rates were raised and they struggled to chew when nosebands were fitted too tightly around their heads. In a follow up survey in the UK, Over 75% of members asked by the British Equine Vets Association (BEVA) considered there is a welfare issue with over-tight nosebands.

This is an ongoing issue in the equestrian world, but awareness is growing and the judges and stewards at big events are able to comment. The FEI is considering new guidelines for international horse sports and changes will apply to national governing bodies.