A campaign to promote responsible breeding of horses in the UK has been welcomed by the equestrian industry.
“The single biggest welfare concern in this country is that there are too many horses,” said BHS welfare spokesman Lee Hackett. “Many welfare cases involve animals that are poorly put together and low-value animals that have ended up in the wrong hands.”
Blue Cross director of equine welfare Kerstin Alford told H&H overproduction problems are not only being caused by doting owners putting unsuitable mares in-foal, but also by groups of ponies being allowed to breed unchecked.
The first event of the South Essex Insurance Brokers-sponsored BHS campaign is a breeding awareness day on 2 May at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire. Vets and equine reproduction specialists will talk about selecting broodmares.
Read this news story in full in the current issue of Horse & Hound (12 March, ’09)