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Calls for responsible breeding to protect future equine welfare *H&H Plus*

H&H speaks to experts from World Horse Welfare, the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and British Breeding to find out what is being done to prevent overbreeding from causing an equine welfare disaster in the face of an uncertain economic future...

The equestrian world has a “collective responsibility” now as much as ever to protect equine welfare through responsible breeding in the light of likely knock-on effects from the coronavirus pandemic.

Breeding and welfare organisations are urging people to think carefully, ensuring the balance of supply and demand is met while protecting equine welfare in the face of an uncertain economic future.

“Supply and demand is at the heart of the equestrian world like any other,” World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers told H&H.

“There will always be a demand for good-quality horses bred for everything from pleasure riding to competition and racing at the highest level. But even before this pandemic struck there was an imbalance, with a huge oversupply of youngstock.

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