Scientific Seminar

2002 Equine welfare: balancing tradition and science

Tuesday 26 February 2002, Australian War Memorial, Canberra 

The horse has been human companion, worker, performer, competitor and means of transport since ancient times. These diverse roles have many different implications for horse welfare, from the pressure for excellence in the competitive horse to the disposal of unwanted feral horses.

The Seminar focussed on four areas of concern for the welfare of the horse:

  • demands of performance and competition,
  • the cost of neglect and inexperience,
  • re-assessing traditional practices in horse management, and
  • dealing with the unwanted horse.

A group of experts in equine health and welfare were assembled from Australia and overseas to address these issues.

Proceedings: download


Previous Scientific Seminars

2001 Pets or pests? The future of companion animal ownership.

2000 Animal welfare in the new millennium: towards a national approach.

1999 Scientific evidence and improvements in animal welfare: are we ignoring the obvious?