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Equine Behaviour

Horses, ponies and donkeys are all social animals but there are subtle species-specific differences in their behaviour. For details of donkey behaviour and how this differs from horse/pony behaviour see How to understand donkey behaviour | The Donkey Sanctuary. Horses naturally live in either family groups (often referred to as harems, consisting of a stallion, […]

Equine Management

Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (legislation.gov.uk) (AWA) requires you to ensure that any horse, pony, donkey or mule for which you are responsible, whether on a permanent or a temporary basis:  has a suitable environment in which to live has a healthy diet (including fresh clean water)  can exhibit normal behavioural patterns […]

Equine Training

All horses, ponies, donkeys and mules require training to enable them to be handled safely and ensure that husbandry practices do not have a negative impact on their well-being. As far as possible, all interactions with human handlers and carers should be positive and new procedures introduced gradually to allow the animal to habituate fully […]

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