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‘We all have our part to play in ending the horse crisis’ *H&H Plus*

The RSPCA organised a “lead the debate” session on 19 August. A panel comprising experts in the field discussed the equine crisis and its potential worsening in the event of another recession. H&H was represented on the panel and reports on the debate

THE race is far from over, and the equestrian industry has a collective responsibility to end what can no longer be called a horse crisis.

This was the message from the first “lead the debate” session organised by the RSPCA, on 19 August. A panel comprising journalist and newsreader Victoria Derbyshire, Dragons’ Den star and horse owner Deborah Meaden, RSPCA CEO Chris Sherwood, National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) chair and Redwings head of behaviour and welfare Nicolas de Brauwere, Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust trustee and World Horse Welfare chief field officer Claire Gordon and RSPCA inspector Kirsty Withnall, as well as representation of H&H, discussed the equine crisis and its potential worsening in the event of another recession.