FECTU Webinar with Joao B. Rodrigues: The importance of dental care for the health and welfare of (working) equids.

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  • Joao qualified at the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro (2007), was classified as an Expert in Veterinary Dentistry and Maxillofacial Surgery by the Complutense University of Madrid (2011), and obtained a Ph.D. focusing on research in the field of donkey dentistry (2013). He was appointed as Professor of Medicine and Surgery of Equids in Portugal in 2013 and joined The Donkey Sanctuary in 2016. Joao has extensive donkey medical and welfare experience in Europe and with working donkeys globally, is a regular lecturer, tutor, and practical assessor in equid dentistry worldwide, and has published numerous articles and contributions to books. He is the chair of the Portuguese Association of Animal Traction (APTRAN) and the FECTU - European Draught Horse Federation.

FECTU Webinar: Modern Animal Traction

  • A webinar by three of Europe’s leading experts on animal traction which will focus on the use of working equids in Europe; the current reality, challenges and opportunities. Equids in Europe are being used in areas such as agriculture, vineyards, forest, urban environments and other activities. This webinar is an excellent opportunity to explore the of the reality in Europe around working equids. Pit Schlechter starts the webinar off by talking about the current situation facing working equids. Erhard Schroll covers the challenges and opportunities, talking about his experience as a professional logger and farmer using working horses including harness and implements. A panel discussion about the situation, challenges and opportunities facing working equids in Europe with Joao Rodrigues, Erhard Schroll and Pit Schlechter.

FECTU Webinar with Ben Hart: The key concepts for training a safe working equid

  • Ben Hart is one of the UK's leading equine trainers, with a background in agriculture and a family history working with heavy horses. Ben has worked with horses, mules and donkeys all over the world: from mustangs and race horses in California, stock horses in Australia, and working equines in Cambodia and Ethiopia. Ben's use of the science of equine behaviour rather than a one method approach has been successful with traumatised animals at the UK's leading equine charities, and his ability to work with Human behaviour has been utilised by world leading animal welfare organisations such as WSPA, The Brooke and The Donkey Sanctuary. Ben's delivery of training is unique, ensuring an outstanding training experience that is enjoyable and life changing.
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