Animal Welfare Films

Our horse welfare series offers clear advice on topics that have a big impact on horse welfare.  

We are extremely grateful to the Margaret Giffen Charitable Trust who funded the production of these films.

 

Is your horse overweight?

Is your horse overweight?

Obesity in horses is a growing problem and is one of the top concerns for equine vets. In this video a vet explains why it’s important for owners to regularly check their horses and shows how an owner can assess their horse’s body condition.

Teethcare in horses

Teethcare in horses

This video shows a typical dental assessment with an equine vet and describes the most common dental problems in horses and their implications.

Mental wellbeing of horses

Mental wellbeing of horses

Horses develop stereotypical behaviours such as box walking and crib biting to cope with stress. Owners often try to stop the behaviours with well-meaning but potentially harmful activities that compromise welfare further. Providing the right management system for horses is an essential step to improving the welfare of horses with this problem.

Saying goodbye: euthanasia and your horse

Saying goodbye: euthanasia and your horse

Horses seldom die of natural causes so, as a horse-owner, you may one day be faced with the difficult decision of having your horse put sleep. In this video we look at what you need to know about euthanasia so that you know what to expect and the choices that you will have.

Laminitis

Laminitis

Laminitis is one of the most common causes of lameness and disability in horses and ponies in the UK. Watch this film from our equine welfare series to find out how to prevent your horse or pony from developing laminitis.

Wound Management

Wound Management

Would you know what to do if your horse or pony injured itself? Watch this film to find out more and be prepared.

Loading your horse

Loading your horse

Do you struggle to load your horse or pony into a horsebox or trailer? Watch this film from our equine welfare series for tips and advice on the best way to do this.

Feeding and Pasture Management

Feeding and Pasture Management

Find out about the best feeding and pasture management techniques to use for your horse or pony.

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  1. Eddie Clutton on the topic of overtreatment

    We’ve been speaking to Eddie Clutton, who is speaking in our Innovation and Overtreatment session at this year’s Discussion Forum. Eddie Clutton is an expert in the field of veterinary anaesthesia and will be debating the motion “Uncontrolled treatment innovations are detrimental to welfare” with Karen Humm. Eddie sees overtreatment as a huge problem, which […]
  2. Project in a pandemic: what an AWF student grant taught me about research

    The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways, both personally and professionally. Normal routines had to be adapted, and pre-pandemic plans changed. For our 2020 student grant recipients, this was especially true. In this blog, Kerry Long talks us through her experience of carrying out her project ‘Identifying maternal and post-natal effects on […]
  3. Meet the speakers – Q&A with Jimmy Turnbull

    As the drive for cheap, efficient and environment-sparing livestock agriculture continues to grow, can intensive farming ever be good for both welfare and sustainability? That is just one of the questions we will be asking ourselves at this year’s Discussion Forum. Recently we spoke to Professor Jimmy Turnbull, vet, aquaculture specialist and Discussion Forum speaker, […]
  4. Funding research for better welfare

    AWF funds five new research projects designed to move the dial on key animal welfare issues.
  5. BVNA ‘This is Us 2020’

    Calling vet nurses! We are thrilled to announce that AWF will be hosting a debate as part of BVNA’s ‘This is Us 2020’, a two-day online event dedicated to celebrating veterinary nursing. AWF has previously held animal welfare debates at BVNA Fringe and we welcome the opportunity to continue having these important discussions, but with […]
  6. Completing research in a pandemic – a student’s experience

    Funding student research is an important part of what we do, giving students an insight into the world of research and the opportunity to make a practical difference to animal welfare. In 2019 we granted funding to Sheryl Bradley, an MSc student of International Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law at the University of Edinburgh, for […]
  7. Meet the speakers – Q&A with Dan Brockman

    At this year’s Discussion Forum we will be debating whether uncontrolled treatment innovations are detrimental to animal welfare. As the range of treatments available to our pets becomes more extensive year on year and often increasingly invasive, we want to ask, can this ever be justified? One of our speakers is Professor Dan Brockman, Director of […]
  8. Meet the speakers – Q&A with Mike Appleby

    For this year’s AWF Discussion Forum, taking place on Monday 8th June, we have invited a number of farm welfare experts to debate and discuss whether intensive farming can be good for welfare and sustainability. We caught up with Discussion Forum speaker Mike Appleby, a specialist in behaviour, husbandry and welfare of farm animals, to […]
  9. Despite extensive knowledge, cattle vets are still failing lame cows

    Cattle lameness is still a prevalent issue despite a perceived extensive knowledge base. The need for an open, honest dialogue amongst the veterinary profession on what needs to be done next was why AWF agreed to host a debate on the subject at this year’s BCVA Congress. The motion, ‘Despite extensive scientific knowledge, cattle vets […]
  10. Cattle vets are still failing lame cows – Post debate Q&A with speakers

    What is your interest/experience in the subject? Nick: I have been active as a lameness researcher and veterinary advisor for over 17 years, and with an interest in lameness since before I qualified over 20 years ago. Sara: I already had an interest in cattle lameness when I graduated as a vet nearly 15 years […]