Eminent equine orthopaedic specialist Dr Rachel Murray will discuss the importance of correct bridle fit at the World Horse Welfare Conference.

The event is on Wednesday, 13 November at the Royal Geographic Society, London.

It will also be live-streamed on World Horse Welfare’s YouTube channel

‘Who is responsible?’ Is the theme for the charity’s conference this year.  

A wealth of speakers – from showjumpers to a New Forest commoner, vets to commentators - will discuss questions of responsibility in racing, for tack fit, for animal hoarding and for equine crime.

Says World Horse Welfare chief executive, Roly Owers: ”At a time in society when accountability all too often seems to slip through our fingers, it is vital that the horse sector actively recognise, understand and meet our responsibilities to address the many persistent welfare challenges we see and bring about genuine change.”

Rachel Murray speaks on bridle fit at 10.25am.

Later, a discussion panel will tackle:

  • What role do elite riders have in promoting appropriate training methods to the wider equestrian world?
  • Given our understanding of the environmental benefits of equines grazing on open grasslands such as the New Forest, what lessons can other owners learn in how they keep their horses? 
  • With reputedly only around 30% of British horses vaccinated against equine influenza, what role do equine veterinarians have in increasing this?  Would reducing the cost of vaccinations help? 
  • In an increasingly polarised world, does the media tend towards highlighting the extreme views on equine welfare issues rather than the mainstream view?

HRH The Princess Royal will make the closing address.