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!

Annual Spring Fundraiser

Horse in field of yellow flowers. Google search result. Photographer not credited..

Hello, it’s that time again. Our Annual Spring Fundraiser.

Please make a donation of $10.00 (or more) so we can spring forward with our work on behalf of horses. Spring forward…. did we just say that? Yes, we did!

We work steadily, year after year, on issues that impact the health, safety and welfare of horses in North America and around the world wherever we identify a need and feel we can help.

The Horse Fund is in its 15th year. No one does what we do. No one does it the way we do it. Or gets done what we get done.  That’s because we work across the spectrum of horse safety and protection issues wherever it takes us.

Please support us with a donation of $10.00. Right here. Right now. Thank you!

Learn more about The Horse Fund at horsefund.org.

Governor joins lawmakers in betraying Kentucky’s horses by tagging them as livestock

FRANKFORT, KY — On March 27, 2017, Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin signed SB 139 into law.

Previous to SB 139 becoming law, Kentucky horses were categorized as domestic animals and had the protections that go with it. Not that animal protection is a high priority in Kentucky. Kentucky is in the bottom five of the country in animal protection; some put it last.

SB 139 tags Kentucky horses as livestock, a clear demotion in status and entitlement to desperately needed protections. It is clear to see what a sad day March 27, 2017 was for the horses of Kentucky.

In every legislative step taken for SB 139 to become law in Kentucky not a single negative vote was cast against it despite hearing from constituents strongly opposed to it. Of course, lawmakers in Kentucky may tell you differently. If they do they are lying.

Kentucky lawmakers may also tell you this is simply a necessary step towards awarding tax breaks down the line to horse owners in Kentucky. Again, untrue. This could have been done without reducing horses to livestock.

These same Kentucky lawmakers may also tell you that this has nothing to do with horse slaughter yet SB 139 conveniently opens the door to it.

We think it is a fair statement to say that the horse industry in Kentucky cares only about the money they make off these horses’ backs and precious little about the horses themselves. We see no evidence to the contrary. Where were they in all of this? Backing SB 139? Or will they now conveniently say that Kentucky lawmakers ignored them too?

The timing is interesting with the Kentucky Derby weeks away when the eyes of the world will be on Kentucky. How will they all be viewing this?

Now according to Kentucky the “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports” is run by a bunch of livestock.

RELATED READING

•  Supporters of Kentucky SB 139 respond to their critics in Blood-Horse article, March 18, 2017 »

So happy together — Supporters of Kentucky State bill SB 139 reducing horses to livestock status, March 7, 2017 »

Kentucky legislature setting the stage for the slaughter of horses with SB 139, March 5, 2017 »