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Equine health experts host free information evenings at Bransby Horses for Lincolnshire horse owners

16th February 2023

We are hosting a series of free-to-attend events aimed at horse owners who would like to hear from experts in nutrition, farriery and grassland management.

These ‘Make A Difference’ equine health and wellbeing events will feature experts in weight management, laminitis, farriery, rural crime and track systems who will share their experiences and offer advice.

Welfare Campaigns Officer, Rachel Dixon said: “Through these series of talks we are hoping to raise awareness of the early signs of some common horse health issues, as well as offering preventative management tips for owners to ultimately help keep their animals healthy and happy.”

Keeping Horses Healthy

The first weight management information evening will take place on Thursday, April 20 at our main site in Bransby near Lincoln.

Keeping horses at a healthy weight can be an uphill struggle for owners during the summer and an issue we are well rehearsed in.

Speaking at the event will be Anna Welch, Veterinary Nutrition Director at TopSpec Equine, who will be discussing the health implications of an obese horse and providing information on prevention and restricting a horse’s diet safely.

Anna said: “I look forward to being able to offer practical advice with problem-solving solutions for managing overweight and obese horses and ponies.”

Laminitis, Grazing and Track Systems

Following on from this on May 18, registered farrier Scott Sykes DipWCF, will present a talk about laminitis. Scott is very experienced with laminitic horses and those at risk and he will talk in detail about the effects of this extremely painful and debilitating foot condition.

This will be followed by a talk on track grazing systems on July 13. We have had great success with this form of grazing management and our ‘track ambassadors’ will explain what they are, how to use them and how they can aid weight loss in equines.

Rural Crime 

The final talk will feature special guests from Lincolnshire’s Rural Crimes team.

Taking place on September 20, this event will provide an opportunity to meet the team and the Bransby Horses’ field officers who will be able to offer advice and support regarding legislation related to horse owners and rural crime.

Booking is essential as places are limited. Please call 01427 788 464, email or click through here to secure your place per event.

Each event takes place on a Thursday evening at 6.30pm, held in the Clifford Marshall Building. Light refreshments and free parking will be available.