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The Challenges of Horse Rescue and Welfare


Presented by Nicolas De Brauwere MRCVS, Head of Welfare and Behaviour, Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Start Date

12 Dec 2017 4:00 pm

End Date

12 Dec 2017 5:00 pm


Dechaineux Lecture Theatre, Centre for the Arts, Hunter Street

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Refreshments to follow | RSVPs to Yvette Watt

Banner Image Credit:Dr Yvette Watt, Banner: Domestic Animals (scholarly explanation), 2008, giclee print and ink on paper, 80 x 130cm

Nic De Brauwere with Stiltskin

The horse welfare charitable sector is well established in the UK but there are still significant challenges to ensuring horse 'rescues' deliver on the promise of protecting and promoting horse welfare. The talk will use Redwings and it’s outreach work to illustrate Nic's experiences of the changes and challenges in the field of UK equine welfare. The multi-agency work at Appleby Horse Fair and the related wider gypsy and traveller engagement will be discussed to show how Redwings is moving beyond enforcement of animal welfare legislation to influence better horse keeping practices by owners in these communities.

Nicolas De Brauwere MRCVS

Head of Welfare and Behaviour, Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Nic graduated as a veterinary surgeon in 1991 from Onderstepoort in South Africa. He has worked at Redwings Horse Sanctuary for more than 26 years providing clinical services, herd health management and equine welfare case work both to facilitate rescue and alleviate the need for it.

As Head of Welfare and Behaviour at Redwings, Nic leads a team that has specialised in the rescue, rehabilitation and long-term care of feral, unhandled or mistreated horses for more than a decade and this extensive experience has fundamentally informed the charity’s approach not only to equine health and welfare but equine behaviour and training too.

In particular, Nic’s extensive experience working in the field of equine welfare led to his appointment as the Chairman of the National Equine Welfare Council in 2009, an umbrella organisation for equine rescue centres and sanctuaries across the UK. Nic has been involved in consultations on many areas of animal welfare policy; most notably in this context he worked with the Welsh Government between 2012 and 2014 to assist them in drafting the Control of Horses (Wales) Act, which became law in Wales in 2014 and helped energise the commitment to an English equivalent that came into force the following year.

Supported by the Animal Studies research Strategic Theme Area of the College of Arts, Law and Education and the Multidisciplinary Environment Research Group.