Monday, December 21, 2020

Special interest webinars precede National Equine Forum

The National Equine Forum (NEF) will be delivered in a virtual format in 2021. The main Forum, on

Thursday 4th March, will be preceded by two special interest webinars, to be held in January.

The first webinar “Just in Time – Using Science to Save our Breeds”, (7pm Wednesday 13th January 2021), will be delivered by industry leaders, with opportunities for discussion and questions from the audience.

Chaired by Prof Tim Morris, the webinar will include speakers: Tullis Matson, Simon Cooper, Paul Flynn and Andy Dell.

They will look at the magnitude of the decline of the UK’s native breeds and how their future can be safeguarded. The impact of the extinction vortex on the natural world and how it applies to equine breeds will be covered and the challenging situation of inbreeding in Thoroughbreds explored.

The advantages of DNA analysis will be debated, to show how science can provide breed societies and breeders with support to guide decisions that can increase effective populations. This will be endorsed with a case study to show proof of concept that breeds in decline have a chance to be saved when genomics and kinship analysis are utilised.

The second webinar “Great Weight Debate (equine)”, (7pm Wednesday 27th January 2021), will take a practical look at different perspectives on equine weight management, from across the equestrian sector, including the views of a horse owner, livery yard owner and coach, an equine welfare officer, an equine vet, a nutritionist and a competition judge.

The panel of speakers will aim to identify what is preventing owners/carers from managing horse weight effectively, despite many previous and ongoing attempts from industry to effect change. They will also explore how any obstacles may be overcome and the discussions will be supported by a human behaviour change researcher.

The 29th National Equine Forum, themed Positivity and Progress will be held on Thursday 4th March 2021. The morning session will provide critical insight to welfare, trade and biosecurity, followed by positive innovations for the sector, borne from Covid-19. The afternoon session will provide updates from the two special interest webinars, a session on how new technology is helping riders and a revisit to access and accidents, with amendments to The Highway Code.

Tickets are priced at £5.00 for each webinar and £10.00 for the Forum itself and there is no booking fee. Webinar tickets are available now. NEF tickets will be available in January.

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