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INAPPROPRIATE nutrition, unresolved stress/pain behaviour, inappropriate stabling and turnout and delayed euthanasia are the four priority equine welfare challenges facing horses in the UK highlighted by a study carried out at the University of Bristol's School of Veterinary Sciences. A report of the study, ‘Horses in our hands’, was launched at the House of Commons on July 12 at a reception hosted by Caroline Nokes MP, a trustee of the equine charity World Horse Welfare, which funded the study. The report was described as the first time welfare organisations, breeders, the equine industry and the veterinary profession had got together to agree on a strategy to best improve the welfare of horses in the UK.

The report documents research carried out by PhD student Sue Horseman, together with Becky Whay, reader in animal behaviour and welfare, and Siobhan Mullan, research fellow in animal welfare science, …

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