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Tackling rising costs for equine owners

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We will be helping equine owners tackle rising costs without compromising on welfare in our upcoming free webinar. Pet owners across the country are being forced to give up their animal companions due to the current cost-of-living crisis. This includes horse and pony owners. 

The average cost of keeping a horse or pony on DIY livery is around £375 per month and full livery can be more than £1000 per month. When budgets are tight it’s hard for horse and pony owners to know where to start. It is especially challenging during wintertime when access to good grazing reduces. We want to support owners to stay with their equines and help them make the right choices and avoid potentially heart-breaking mistakes. 

The webinar will draw on the expertise of Senior Welfare Advisor, Bex Sherell, and Tor Equine Vet, Richard Frost. Together they will be discussing ways to manage increased costs related to feed and bedding, veterinary and farriery care, stabling and more. There will also be the chance to ask questions and share experiences.  

Bex Sherell explains why the webinar is so important: “We know that some owners are struggling at the moment and we want to help them as much as we can without shame or judgement. As Senior Welfare Advisor at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary I often see cases where owners have tried to cut corners on the wrong things. Unfortunately, some of these cases end in tragedy. The good news is that positive equine welfare choices don’t have to break the bank. We have lots of tips and advice on how to make a little go a long way.” 

We have been providing lifelong, life-changing care to horses and ponies for over 30 years. The charity is also a long-term member of the National Equine Welfare Council. Over the years they have dealt with every kind of injury, illness and equine management or behaviour problem and understand first-hand how to maximise budgets. The charity offers non-judgemental, no-shame advice and outreach to owners who are struggling with their horses and ponies for whatever reason. Their aim is to keep a horse or pony with the owner whenever possible. 

The webinar is called ‘How to beat rising costs without impacting equine welfare’ and takes place on Wednesday 30th November at 7.30pm. To book your free place click here. 

Read the NEWC Guide: Cutting Costs not Care, and Responsible Rehoming – National Equine Welfare Council

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