Webinar – Equine Track System by Dr Amber Batson
You can take the horse out of the field …. a look at the use of equine track system management
In this webinar, Dr Amber Batson will be discussing both the medical and behavioural benefits and potential limitations to using a track-based system in equine management. Recent UK surveys have shown that track systems are rising in popularity, particularly for weight management and other medical issues such as arthritis and respiratory disease.
A management system that encourages more freedom of movement and allows more social interactions can definitely have its benefits. This presentation will address what those can be, but will also look at the pitfalls experienced by track system creators and seen by professionals working in equine welfare so that we can improve the success when considering the use of such a system.
What do we mean by a “track system”?
– Can they be set up on any type / sized piece of land?
– What are the main benefits of such systems?
– What are the potential negatives for the animals, their caregivers and the environment?
– What are the alternatives?
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Dr Amber Batson
Amber Batson is a vet and behaviourist. She qualified from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1999 and has worked in clinical vet practice ever since. She began undertaking species-specific behaviour qualifications in the first 2 years after graduation and has been involved in behaviour work and education in horses, dogs and cats since 2003. Amber set up Understand Animals in 2007 with her aim to bridge the gap between published animal behaviour and welfare science and how to use that information practically to benefit the well being of animals. Amber continues to work in the UK as a vet and also teaches animal behaviour worldwide, including the training of equine professionals for organisations such as the British Equine Veterinary Association, World Horse Welfare and many others. She also works as a legal expert witness in animal welfare cases.