Equine welfare charity Bransby Horses is 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.

Their ‘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.

“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,” said Bransby Horses’ Welfare Campaigns Officer, Rachel Dixon.

The first weight management information evening will take place on Thursday 9 March at the charity’s main site in Bransby near Lincoln.

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.

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

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

Next will be a talk on track grazing systems on 13 July. Bransby Horses said they have had great success with this form of grazing management and the charity’s ‘track ambassadors’ will explain what they are, how to use them and how they can aid weight loss in equines.

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

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

Although the events are free, booking is essential as places are limited. Call 01427 788 464, email mail@bransbyhorses.co.uk or visit BransbyHorses.co.uk/MADE 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.

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