19 March 2008

 

Horse charity’s grant goes the distance

 

A charitable grant of £41,340 will put the University of Lincoln at the forefront of equine welfare and education through distance learning.

 

The grant, from the Bransby Home of Rest for Horses in Lincolnshire, will fund the development of a series of equine health, welfare and management distance learning courses.

 

The courses are being developed by Professor Daniel Mills, the University’s Head of Biological Sciences, who is highly regarded for his work around animal behaviour, and a team based at the Riseholme campus. The courses will be designed to give horse owners and riders current and accurate information on horse welfare and establish best practice for managing their animals. A specific course will also be developed for people who are inexperienced in caring for horses.

 

Since starting the Bransby Home nearly 40 years ago, staff have rescued and cared for hundreds of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Founder, Peter Hunt, said: “We welcome the work of Professor Mills and his team at the University in this project, which will educate horse owners in the proper care and management of their animals.”

 

The Blue Cross, International League for the Protection of Horses, National Equine Welfare Council and Redwings are supporting the project by providing access to some of their educational materials. A range of topics will be covered including equine behaviour, welfare, nutrition and health and disease.

 

Distance learning has a number of advantages over traditional teaching methods as learners can study at times suitable to them and at their own pace, with help from interactive tutorials, tutor support and discussion groups.

 

University Research Assistant and Course Developer, Sarah Redgate, said: “The aim is to produce a programme which has broad support from both industry and charities, and which is readily accessible to the average horse owner wherever they live. We are therefore keen to work with other collaborators and interested parties.”

 

For more information contact Sarah Redgate at the University of Lincoln on 01522 895478 or e-mail: sredgate@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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