Empowering equine welfare

EARS and Dr. Les Ansley join forces

In the picturesque Overberg region, where mountains meet rolling farmland, a special bond exists between the community and horses, where horses have been cherished companions for generations. However, amidst this serene setting, a harsh reality persists: horse abuse. This sobering truth demands attention and action. One crucial step in addressing this issue is through education – teaching people the correct training and handling of horses.

Horse abuse manifests in various forms including physical neglect, overworking, harsh training methods, and abandonment. These actions not only inflict suffering on the horses but also reflect poorly on societal values. Often stemming from ignorance rather than malice, many individuals lack the necessary knowledge of horse behaviour, anatomy, and effective training techniques.

Education serves as the cornerstone of prevention, empowering individuals to become responsible stewards of these majestic animals. This encompasses recognising signs of abuse, understanding empathy, and compassion, as well as teaching proper grooming, nutrition, and veterinary care. Central to this education is promoting humane training methods, emphasising scientific learning theory and clear communication to establish trust and respect between horse and handler.

Dispelling myths and misconceptions surrounding horse behaviour is crucial, as many instances of abuse result from misunderstanding equine behaviour. Educational efforts should target both current horse owners and the wider community, offering workshops and programs aimed at instilling respect and appreciation for horses from a young age.

Practical skills training, supervised by experienced professionals, reinforces humane treatment principles and equips individuals with necessary handling techniques. Local authorities, businesses, police, and animal welfare organisations play vital roles in enforcing standards of care and providing resources and support to horse owners.

Collaborative efforts are essential in combating horse abuse effectively. By promoting education and fostering a culture of empathy, respect, and responsibility, we can create a safer and more compassionate world for horses and humans alike. Through education, we have the power to shape attitudes, change behaviours, and build a brighter future for our equine companions.

If you are interested in seeking advice or assistance with any aspect of horse training you can WhatsApp Les on 0662169667 or email him at les@ibhu.co.za

Source: Greyton Post


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