Horse Society to launch 'new look' welfare publications and
'BHS Equi Weight Watchers' in 2004
British Horse Society (BHS) will be launching a number of new welfare
initiatives in 2004, starting with a 'new look' magazine, a first
time horse owner's pack and teaming up with the Laminitis Trust's
'Fit not Fat' campaign by introducing 'BHS Equi Weight Watchers'.
first issue of 'BHS Equi-Care' magazine will be published early
in February and distributed to anyone interested in equine welfare,
including those who have BHS Rescue ponies on loan and BHS Welfare
Supporter's Club members. The magazine will contain a host of welfare
issues; pasture management, Ragwort control, behaviour problems
and condition scoring with weight control.
This latter topic will be additionally publicised through the 'BHS
Equi Weight Watchers' campaign, working alongside the Laminitis
Trust to help eliminate cases of painful laminitis in horses and
ponies. Owners can join up to the campaign, receiving free advice,
and will be encouraged to keep a condition score for their animal
and record its weight on a regular basis, providing useful information
to the BHS.
'First Time Horse Owner's Pack' is being introduced as a result
of numerous enquiries to the BHS from new owners seeking advice
on a variety of subjects. The pack will cater for all new owners,
covering all levels of equine experience, with information on buying
a horse, costs involved, activities and training, as well as standard
topics such as shoeing, worming, paddock maintenance and grooming.
complement the initiatives will be a 'new look' page on the BHS
website (www.bhs.org.uk <http://www.bhs.org.uk>) in the New
Year. The initiatives reflect a review of policy at the BHS following
the closure of its Rescue Centre earlier in 2003. The emphasis now
will be on education to prevent welfare cases rather than treating
the aftermath of ignorance and neglect. BHS head of welfare, Helen
Owens, said, "We are very excited about the new policy. It
was obvious from the many enquiries received at the BHS that there
is a high demand for this sort of initiative and we feel that our
efforts will be best spent on helping to educate owners in the first
place, to prevent the suffering instead of dealing with it afterwards.
magazine will be available in February and whilst the new owner's
pack and BHS Equi Weight Watchers will be officially launched at
Badminton, the information will be readily available around the