The first in a series of equine healthcare and education clinics to be held in Scotland has been hailed a huge success, with over 22 horses and ponies having attended.
The clinic, run by The British Horse Society (BHS) in association with British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) was hosted at Bowhouse Equestrian Livery, Kinglassie at the end of September.
A total of 22 horses and ponies were treated and offered services such as castration, worming, passporting, dental checks and microchipping. The clinics are designed to help alleviate the equine overpopulation crisis currently occurring throughout the UK.
Helene Mauchlen, National Manager for The British Horse Society Scotland said:
“The introduction of healthcare and education clinics in Scotland is an important advancement in Scottish equine welfare. We have noticed a trend in displacement across the Scottish border due the recent Control of Horses Act 2015 in England and Wales and the relatively cheap and widely available land in Scotland, therefore the demand for these clinics is increasing.
“The clinics offer vital healthcare to those horses in need of it most and helps ensure they have a more secure future. The clinics provide a positive environment where we are able to provide advice, support and education to a large numbers of owners.”
The clinic was run with support from the SSPCA, Bransby, World Horse Welfare and The Donkey Sanctuary. BEVA members provided all the veterinary expertise needed for the day and Zoetis provided all the wormers. 18 horses were castrated, 16 passported and microchipped and all 22 horses were given a full dental check.
The British Horse Society has been provided health care clinics in England for the last three years, 948 horses have now attended the clinics and 453 have been castrated.