On Thursday 8th March 2012, I was fortunate enough to attend the 20th Annual National Equine Forum, as a representative for the F&I Association. This was held at The Institution of Mechanical Engineers in Westminster. One of my reasons for attending was to support our friend and colleague from F&I, Sue Pimbley, who presented an excellent paper which considered the value of Equine Degrees.
The days programme was filled with a total of fourteen papers presented by professionals and experts reflecting every area of the equine industry. Helen Niebhur, a specialist in equine law, from Darbys Solicitors presented a paper on issues on liability and their resolutions. Janice Shardlow head of governance and legal affairs at the BEF spoke about doping issues concerning the balance between welfare and performance
I also particularly enjoyed Professor Derek Knottenbelt’s discussion of two equine medical conditions – Sarcoids and Headshaking. Professor Knottenbelt presented a comprehensive argument that further research and investigation was a priority in the attempt to fully understand Headshaking as the serious neurological condition that it is. Read more National Equine Forum 20th Annual Meeting