Study: Equestrians’ Views Vary on What Constitutes Good, Bad Horse Welfare

Researchers say these differing views have a lot to do with peoples’ personal beliefs and experiences. This indicates that horse welfare is still very subjective, which is why there’s a real need for reliable welfare evaluation tools with objective scoring, they said.


Courtney Ferguson and Taylor: A Therapy Team What a time it has been for Taylor and his owner, Courtney Ferguson. Not only has Taylor, an 18-year-old Nevada mustang, competed and placed in dressage, but he's also passed the tough tests for becoming a certified therapy horse for Saddle Pals.
Courtney Ferguson and Taylor: A Therapy Team
What a time it has been for Taylor and his owner, Courtney Ferguson. Not only has Taylor, an 18-year-old Nevada mustang, competed and placed in dressage, but he’s also passed the tough tests for becoming a certified therapy horse for Saddle Pals. Is this as good for the horse as it is for the people? Source: Flickr.

THE HORSE (Posted by Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA | Sep 27, 2018 | Horse Care, Welfare and Industry)

IF  there’s one thing horse owners aren’t short on, it’s opinions. From feed types and housing options to horse health maintenance and even a favorite pitchfork, equestrians tend to know what they believe and why. This even extends to what constitutes good or bad horse welfare — not everyone agrees on what’s good and bad for horses. Those views, researchers recently confirmed, have a lot to do with peoples’ personal beliefs and experiences.

“The idea of welfare is an important concept to anyone dealing with animals, but what welfare is, or what comprises good or poor welfare, seems to be very subjective and influenced by personal, cultural, or societal values,” said Katrina Merkies, PhD, associate professor and equine program coordinator at the University of Guelph, in Ontario, Canada.

In a recent study, Merkies and colleagues asked 14 industry professionals to consider a series of 12 scenarios involving horses and owners, each of which described a situation in which horse welfare might (or might not) be compromised. Read full article »

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Patsy talks popsicles

It’s summer. Hot and sticky in our hemisphere. Houston is a veritable steam bath! But then . . . . you know.

How about something totally cool then — like popsicles? Yessss!

I love popsicles, don’t you? I especially love making popsicles. Vegan ones. Naturally!

Recipes

We have loads of vegan popsicle recipes here on Tuesday’s Horse.

Go here for all vegan popsicle recipes search results »

Or by individual posts below:

Patriotic Popsicles. One Green Planet.
Patriotic Popsicles. Click image for recipe. Image: One Green Planet.

• Source: https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2017/06/05/8-totally-cool-and-tasty-recipes-for-homemade-vegan-popsicles/ »


Vegan Chai Popsicles. Click image for recipe here on Tuesday's Horse. Image source: Unknown.
Vegan Chai Popsicles. Click image for recipe. Image source: Unknown.

• Source: https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2017/04/19/cool-off-vegan-style-with-these-creamy-chai-coconut-popsicles/ »


Watermelon Kiwi vegan popsicles. By Well Vegan.
Vegan watermelon popsicles (and more). Click image for recipe. Image Source: Well Vegan.

https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/its-national-watermelon-day-lets-have-some-tasty-vegan-fun/ »


Blackberry Coconut Popsicles. Source image.
Vegan Blackberry Coconut Popsicles. Click for recipe. Source image.

https://tuesdayshorse.wordpress.com/2015/05/11/blackberry-coconut-lime-strawberry-lime-yogurt-popsicle-recipes/ »


Help the Planet!

Click to shop The Horse Fund at Zazzle.com. Zazzle image of custom design paper straws.
Click to shop The Horse Fund at Zazzle.com. Zazzle image of custom design paper straws.

We can help the planet too by using paper straws instead of something plastic.

Buy artisan paper straws on Zazzle via our Gift Shop link and make money for horses with your purchase »

When you get a chance, take a look here at all the darling ways to use paper straws and repurpose plastic ones. You will be charmed at the super cute ideas people have come up with for kids parties and more.

Thanks horse lovers!

Horse care in Canada

Horses Canada Artwork by VGFarrell

(HORSES CANADA) — There is a thought-provoking article at The Conversation on horses and the people who care for them. The author deals with horses in Canada but many of the points made in the article go across borders.

Here’s an extract:

Horses have long held an important place in our cultures and on the lands we now call Canada. Today there are about a million horses in Canada, and their lives vary greatly depending on how we use them and who is around them.

Some people believe that only the wealthy interact with horses, but this is incorrect. People of all income levels and backgrounds are involved with horses in different ways, including for sport, leisure, friendship and therapy.

Plus, all activities with horses depend on labour, and on the men — and especially women — who care for horses around the clock, 365 days a year. There is no closing time when it comes to looking after horses.

In a number of European countries, regular data collection and research help paint a clearer picture of the many roles horses and horse people play in communities and economies . This information gives us ideas of how we can improve horses’ wellbeing.

In Canada, for a few reasons, we have far less data.

Read on »

Horses Canada Artwork by VGFarrell

We are particularly appreciative of these observations:

In fact, although we often use the term ‘equine industry’ as short hand, it is more accurate to speak of equine industries given the diversity of ways horses are being employed and conceptualized. In many contexts, horses are recognized as partners and sentient beings.

Yet in others, horses are seen simply as commodities. In Canada, some horses are slaughtered and others are exported live to be consumed in other countries.

In the ‘pregnant mare urine’ (PMU) industry, horses are repeatedly impregnated so their urine can be collected and made into hormone replacement products for women (Premarin). Some of the foals are rescued , but most are simply slaughtered and seen as a byproduct (much like male calves in the dairy industry).

We invite you read the full article »

Featured image artwork by V G Farrell

Be a responsible owner and protect your horse from the meat man

Horse looking out from Barn Door from blog.posterjack.ca.

MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER — Since horses have been domesticated, they have been subjected to breeding and ownership, shut up in stalls and barns or corralled and fenced in, dependent on humans for food and water, exercise, medical care, dental care and hoof care — and to keep them from harm and provide for a humane end — just to name a few.

Since The Horse Fund (fka Fund for Horses) began in 2003 we have stressed responsible horse care and ownership.

What prompted us to interrupt our series on horse slaughter numbers and statistics and talk on this subject is this from a story reported by News of the Horse:

The staff at Horse Plus Humane Society were no doubt feeling overwhelmed when the lines of trucks and trailers poured into the parking lot at the Placer County Fairgrounds. Over 100 horses were surrendered to the shelter during their 1-Day Open Door Shelter event.

The event was the largest 1-Day Open Door Shelter Horse Plus Humane Society has ever held, nearly doubling the prior largest event in Wisconsin with 56 horses surrendered.

These horses could have just as easily ended up at a livestock auction or in the hands of the meat man in some other way and ended up in the slaughter pipeline.

It is with this in mind we share these reports from The Horse Fund website. Please help horses and owners by sharing this far and wide.

FINDING A GOOD HOME FOR YOUR HORSE

It will take time, care and patience to find a new environment where your horse will not only feel and be secure, but also prosper.

Remember, your horse trusts you and relies on you to provide for his or her future.

• See Finding a Good Home for Your Horse, A Step-by-Step Guide »

INSURING YOUR HORSE FOR A HUMANE END

“I know my horse is sick and hurting. I just wanted to find a way to get her put down. I was going to have the vet do it. I’ve got the money for that. But what were we going to do with her body? Nobody seemed to know and my husband said this would be easier for everybody.”

Horse Owner after her selling her 6 yo Thoroughbred to a Kill Buyer,
Sugar Creek Auction, Ohio

• See Insuring Your Horse for a Humane End »

TRANSFERRING HORSE OWNERSHIP: ENSURING FUTURE CARE

It is typical of a horse’s life that he or she will change hands several times.

When a horse is transferred from one owner to another there is a moral obligation to the horse by both parties.

The current owner’s responsibility to a horse is not done until the horse is safely in a proper home receiving care and humane treatment.

The new owner is assuming responsibility for care and treatment for the long term and must be prepared for all that entails and ready to meet that responsibility.

• See Transferring Horse Ownership: Ensuring Future Care »

Thank you everyone.

Visit Horse Plus Humane Society to make a donation »

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Horse looking out from barn door from blog.posterjack.ca.