First equine wel­fare stu­dents grad­u­ate

A first-of-its-kind diploma caters for those work­ing to aid horse wel­fare

Horse & Hound - - NEWS INSIDER - By ELEANOR JONES

HIS­TORY has been made by stu­dents in equine leg­is­la­tion, wel­fare and field skills, ac­cord­ing to those be­hind the course.

The three stu­dents, who started the level three diploma last July, have just grad­u­ated, be­com­ing the first in the coun­try to se­cure this type of qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Un­til the Horse Trust cre­ated the course, there was no reg­u­lated qual­i­fi­ca­tion for those who work or vol­un­teer for equine wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The trust devel­oped the course in con­sul­ta­tion with statu­tory bod­ies, vets, nutri­tion­ists, be­haviourist­s and wel­fare char­i­ties, for or­gan­i­sa­tions that in­ves­ti­gate equine wel­fare is­sues, en­force or cre­ate wel­fare leg­is­la­tion or care for and re­ha­bil­i­tate res­cued equines.

The grad­u­ates, all field of­fi­cers or staff for sta­bles that house wel­fare cases, have a “vi­tal role in safe­guard­ing horses across the UK”, a trust spokesman said.

“It is so re­ward­ing to see the first stu­dents achieve the qual­i­fi­ca­tion,” added the trust’s train­ing man­ager Charlotte Laun­der. “We are very proud of them and they have been a bril­liant first co­hort, pro­vid­ing ex­cel­lent feed­back which will help us en­hance the course.

“De­vel­op­ing the qual­i­fi­ca­tion has been a big com­mit­ment in­volv­ing a sig­nif­i­cant amount of work, but we be­lieve it’s vi­tal for those who work in the UK’s equine wel­fare sec­tor to be able to de­mon­strate their ca­pa­bil­i­ties for the im­por­tant work they do.”

The stu­dents used the Horse Trust web­site for the­ory and com­pleted two weeks’ prac­ti­cal train­ing with the char­ity.

“This qual­i­fi­ca­tion is so rel­e­vant,” said grad­u­ate Sally Bur­ton of the Mare and Foal Sanc­tu­ary. “It has given me knowl­edge that I will use to make changes to how we do things.

“I’d rec­om­mend this for any­one work­ing in wel­fare.”

Fel­low stu­dent So­phie Ken­drick, of equine char­ity

Hope Pas­tures, de­scribed the qual­i­fi­ca­tion as “ex­cel­lent”.

“It cov­ers cru­cial ar­eas es­sen­tial for fa­cil­i­tat­ing greater knowl­edge of equine wel­fare,” she added. “It will en­able us to take im­por­tant steps for­ward to help more equines and pre­vent cru­elty.”

Lisa Lan­fear is one of the first to grad­u­ate from the new course

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