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Final welfare webinar of the year explores “How to know if your horse is happy”

The final World Horse Welfare webinar of the year, run in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, will look at the important topic of how to know if your horse is happy

Wednesday 15 December at 7pm sees the final World Horse Welfare webinar of the year, looking at the important topic of how to know if your horse is happy. Run in conjunction with the University of Nottingham, this will round off a year of highly successful webinars, and 2022 will see a return with a programme of more eye-opening and thought-provoking webinars on a huge range of equestrian topics.

This time we will be joined by Professor Natalie Waran who has been investigating equine welfare, “happiness” and quality of life for many years. Natalie will talk about the factors that have the greatest impact on horses’ quality of life, how we can meet horses’ most important needs and what can go wrong when those needs are not met.

Following her presentation, Nat will be joined for a panel discussion by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, a scientific writer with a passion for horses whose work brings to life the stories generated by equine science, and Lizzie Bird, assistant centre manager at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm, who has many years of experience rehabilitating horses and watching their quality of life change as they journey from rescue to rehoming.

The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session in which you will have the chance to “ask the experts” any questions you may have.

By registering for the webinar through Zoom, you will be able to take part in the various polls, ask questions during the Q&A and enjoy an interactive experience.

The webinars are free to attend and if you are unable to attend via Zoom they can be viewed as a Facebook Live session. Don’t worry of you have missed any of the previous webinars – which have tackled subjects as fascinating and diverse as keeping horses fit, weight management, euthanasia, biosecurity, horse mental well-being and travelling – they are all available to watch on the World Horse Welfare YouTube channel.

More about the presenters of “how to know if your horse is happy”

Professor Natalie (Nat) Waran is currently executive dean and professor of One Welfare at the Eastern Institute of Technology in New Zealand. Prior to taking up her position in New Zealand, Nat was the inaugural director of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Describing herself as “an applied scientist by training and an educationalist at heart”, Nat works with colleagues internationally on research and educational projects that address animals’ quality of life, promoting the concept of One Welfare while working with governments, veterinary organisations, universities and international non-governmental organisations in low- and middle-income countries. 

Nat has a specific interest in equine behaviour and welfare, having published widely on various topics over the past 30 years. 

Christa Lesté-Lasserre is a writer who has studied science, journalism, literature and creative writing. She focusses primarily on horses and science and is a regular contributor to The Horse, Cheval magazine, and Horses and People – publications that originate in the United States, France and Australia respectively.

Her original work appears in both French and English and is frequently reprinted after translation into multiple languages. By presenting the results of scientific research on horses to audiences all over the world, Christa uses her writing to contribute to a better understanding of all equids.

Lizzie Bird started her time with World Horse Welfare in 2006 as a groom at Hall Farm in Norfolk. Since then, Lizzie has progressed to her current position as Hall Farm’s assistant centre manager. In this role, Lizzie assists the Centre Manager with the day-to-day running and organisation of the farm. She also oversees the rehabilitation and rehoming of the horses. Lizzie previously studied at Writtle College and has a BSc (Hons) in Equine Studies.

University of Nottingham’s School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, based in the UK, offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses in veterinary medicine, science and research. A fundamental aspect of undergraduate teaching is an evidence-based approach to equine care and management, with a particular emphasis on handling techniques that promote good equine mental well-being in a veterinary environment. 

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