Minister reveals publication of industry research at National Equine
Affairs Minister Alun Michael chose last weeks prestigious
National Equine Forum, attended by HRH The Princess Royal, to reveal
the publication of a Report of Research on the Horse Industry in
Report, produced by The Henley Centre and jointly funded by Defra
and the British Horse Industry Confederation (BHIC), forms the basis
on which a strategy for the industry will be formulated. It concludes
that there is potential for real growth within the industry, with
research initially estimating that the industrys current gross
output is approximately 3.4 billion, that 50,000 people are employed
directly and a further 100,000 200,000 indirectly.
and the BHIC have now begun work on the strategy for growth and
are encouraging all those with equestrian interests to become involved.
The strategy is scheduled for completion by spring 2005.
Price DipWCF presented a revealing paper on foot balance and the
farrier, delivering a hard-hitting message to both owners and his
own profession. He emphasised the ability of farriers to affect
positively the performance of the horse, through close observation
of the horse in motion. This was dramatically illustrated to the
audience by the use of a computer-based tool called the equinalysis
system. He emphasised that contrary to popular belief it is
possible for a farrier to extend the working life of the equine,
or enhance performance capabilities if careful attention is applied
to the understanding of locomotion.
year The National Equine Forum plays host to the winner of the highly
regarded Eqvalan Equine Thesis of the Year competition. This year
Hannah Haskew provided a strongly researched and revealing presentation
on the effect of different coloured ramp matting on loading
behaviour in horses. The study, carried out as part of ongoing
research into equine colour vision at Nottingham Trent University,
concluded that green instead of traditional black matting could
be used to encourage horses to load more willingly.
National Equine Forum is the only independent conference for the
horse world in the UK. It is not a lobbying organisation. Its major
function is to identify important topics and provide an opportunity
to hear all sides of complex issues. An invitation-only event, it
has become so popular that the spacious venue was full to capacity
information on the National Equine Forum can be obtained from Ailsa
Chambers, NEF Secretary, ACHAMBERS@WARKSCOL.AC.UK Further information
on the Equine Industry Report and the proposed strategy can be obtained