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Are you considering buying a horse? World Horse Welfare’s next webinar will focus on avoiding the traps

There are a lot of pitfalls that even the most experienced of buyers can fall into

As we start to head out of lockdown and restrictions it may be that your thoughts are turning to buying a new horse. Without doubt, buying a new horse is exciting but it can also be daunting. There are a lot of pitfalls that even the most experienced of buyers can fall into so join World Horse Welfare on Wednesday 17 March at 7pm for their latest free-to-watch webinar which will prepare and arm you by knowing what to do and what to look for – and where mistakes can be made.

Leading equine vet, Ben Mayes, and World Horse Welfare Investigator, Allison Williment, will cover a number of important topics, starting with making sure that the horse you buy is suitable for you and your facilities. It will then go on to consider things you need to check before making any decision or engaging a vet to do a pre-purchase examination. Is a pre-purchase examination advisable and what are the merits between 2-stage vs 5-stage pre-purchase examinations? Having made the decision what are your obligations around your animal’s welfare as a horse owner?

The webinar will cover these topics and many more, with lots of time for a live Q and A session with the speakers, so you can be assured of an informative evening.

By registering for the webinar through Zoom, you will be able to take part in the various polls, ask questions during the Q and A and enjoy an interactive experience. If you are keen to be part of the conversation, then please join.

The fortnightly webinars are free to attend, and if you are unable to attend via Zoom they can also be viewed as a Facebook Live session. If you have missed any if the previous webinars – which have tackled subjects as fascinating and diverse as keeping animals fit, weight management, euthanasia, biosecurity and travelling – they are all available to watch on the World Horse Welfare YouTube channel.

More about the presenters

Ben Mayes is a partner in a five-vet equine veterinary practice on the Surrey/West Sussex border. He is a true equine general practitioner, with clients from all disciplines of equine sport and is equally happy with routine call outs or out of hours surgery. Ben joined the BEVA Council in 2006 and since then he has headed up the welfare portfolio, Safer Horse Rescues, insurance matters, and the New Grad programme, as well as chairing BEVA’s policy committee and Board of Trustees and being President of the Association in 2012. Ben was a Gamesmaker vet at the equestrian events at London 2012, and he is a trustee of the research charity, the Animal Welfare Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Surrey’s Veterinary School, and a vice-president of the Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations (FEEVA).

Allison Williment started work at World Horse Welfare in 2005, initially as a Field Officer and then as an Investigator. She started her career with horses as a working pupil at a riding school and, after gaining her BHSAI, she worked in dressage, hunting, eventing, dealing, and livery yards. Allison then went on to work as a freelance instructor, finally working with police horses for five years, during which time she also gained a degree in law. Before working for World Horse Welfare, Allison worked for a local authority and a government agency.

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