‘A fabulous informative day enjoyed by all’.
HAPPA held their first ever conference, ‘From Rescue to Forever Home’ using the fabulous new facilities at Shores Hey Farm on Wednesday 6th July.
It was lovely to see so many new faces from various other welfare organisations and equine enthusiasts alike. The day was a comprehensive look at the rehabilitation of equines in a welfare/domestic environment; covering the key aspects of the process to ensure equines are given a Second Chance of a Forever Home.
The day was a chance for networking, meeting new people and generally having fun, whilst learning about something close to everyone’s heart ‘The Welfare of the Horse’.
Highlights included Joanne Andrews, ACPAT Registered Physiotherapist, giving a hands-on presentation around the mechanics of the horse; everyone was up on their feet having a great time learning with each other. Mark Fuller, Renowned Horseman and Horse Trainer, ensured everyone went home with food for thought covering working with an unhandled pony and resolving/working through tension in a ridden equine. J. David Walmsley MB BA MRCRVS provided an in depth presentation on red worms, making us all think about our own horse’s worming regimes and the best way to ensure we are keeping the critters at bay. Caroline Dickens from Bailey’s Horse Feed inspired the audience to rethink the feeding of their equines, ensuring that a natural gut movement is sustained throughout their lifetime. The HAPPA team also gave informative presentations on various aspects of equine welfare. Clare Smith, of Saddles Direct Ltd, was a late addition to the day and exceeded all expectations by giving a brilliant presentation on the effects of an ill-fitting saddle.
All speakers provided their time for free and were instrumental in making the day a resounding success.
A huge thank you to everyone who had an input into the day and to everyone who attended.
We will be holding a similar day next year and tickets will be on sale January 2017, we hope to see you all again.