Equine owners across Scotland are invited to a valuable day of learning and insight at the annual Scottish Equine Welfare Conference on 11 May 2018.

The annual conference held at the Weipers Centre Equine Hospital, Glasgow, now in its fourth year, is a collaboration between The Donkey Sanctuary, The British Horse Society Scotland, World Horse Welfare, SSPCA and the Scottish Government.

Focusing this year on ‘Keeping the Modern Equine’, the event will cover a wide range of issues and will feature speakers from across the industry including Roly Owers, Derek Knottenbelt, Russell Guire, Jane Myers, Sheila Voas and Dr Sue Dyson. It is set to be a fascinating and insightful day for anyone involved with equines at all levels.

Hannah Bryer, head of welfare at The Donkey Sanctuary says: “The focus of this year’s event looks at the common challenges facing many horse and donkey owners in the modern world. With expert speakers covering a range of topics, we hope to provide a platform for experts and owners to come together to share their ideas, experiences, challenges and explore resolutions and our donkey welfare advisers will also be on hand to answer any questions.

"The Donkey Sanctuary is delighted to be working in conjunction with The British Horse Society, World Horse Welfare, SSPCA and the Scottish Government and remains committed to improving the welfare of donkeys and mules through engagement, education and advice.”

Helene Mauchlen, British Horse Society national manager for Scotland says: “The conference is a fantastic event which provides a whole host of practical and thought-provoking information to support equine owners, sharers and loaners into making the right decisions for their animals.”

Helene continued: “In Scotland, the biggest welfare challenges our equines face include obesity, over-rugging, incorrect management and delayed death which are all issues that can be addressed through education. I’d urge anyone who has responsibility for a horse, pony or donkey to join us at the conference in Glasgow.”