The British Horse Society was honoured to recently host a training day on behalf of The British Institute of Agricultural Consultants (BIAC).
BIAC is a professional organisation whose members provide advice to farmers, rural businesses and those who care for the environment and countryside.
With an increase in the number of equine-related planning enquiries and farmers looking to diversify their businesses, the BIAC approached the BHS to provide some training to their members.
Delegates were engaged in a number of presentations that covered the welfare needs of the horse, farm diversification, BHS Approvals, making the best use of land available, access issues and equine business economics.
“Attended by rural planning consultants, farm managers and local authority representatives there was something for everyone.
“We look forward to working with the BHS in the future to ensure that all those involved with planning related issues for horses are aware of their welfare needs,” said Jill Scrivener, BIAC National Chairman.
Emmeline Hannelly, Welfare Education Officer, said: “Good planning helps to raise the standards of welfare.
“In too many cases, rushed or ill-thought through planning can result in a poor living environment for the horse which could potentially lead to the horse suffering.
“This day was also important for BHS members and Approved Centres who may find themselves going through the planning process. As a result of the day hopefully the consultants they work with will know more about the needs of horses and equestrian businesses”.
The BHS is delighted with the new working partnership established with the BIAC and its overall aim to help raise the standards of equine welfare.