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Animal Handling
Local authority inspectors gain confidence in handling feral ponies

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OVER 40 local authority trading standards and environmental health inspectors in Wales received training recently in the assessment and handling of feral ponies.

The inspectors, who had all completed an introductory course last year in horse handling and assessing horses' health, welfare and environment, were given hands-on experience of rounding up feral ponies and loading them into a vehicle, assessing their welfare, including recognising the needs of foals and geriatric horses, and deciding whether a horse was fit to travel.

They were also instructed on how to identify common endemic infectious diseases such as strangles, and exotic …

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