RSPCA Tasmania Horse Community Information Sessions

RSPCA Tasmania Horse Community Information Sessions

RSPCA Tasmania’s Inspectorate Service will next week host three information evenings around the State for Tasmania’s horse owner community.

This initiative is designed to enable RSPCA to actively engage with the Tasmanian horse community and provide a positive, proactive approach to issues raised by the horse community over recent months.

The free information sessions will canvas relevant legislation, the commonly used Body Condition Scoring (BCS), legally acceptable animal condition, and RSPCA Tasmania’s involvement in cases of animal welfare.

Speakers at the sessions will provide general and veterinary advice on a range of equine care topics including tips on supplementary feeding of horses to maintain them in a good condition.

More than 120 people have already registered to attend the sessions.

RSPCA Tasmania Chief Inspector Ray Kroeze says "it been an extremely challenging season for horse owners because of the harsh drought conditions the State experienced earlier this year."
Horses are large animals and need to be fed substantial amounts of food to maintain a reasonable and acceptable body condition," Mr Kroeze said.

There are so many passionate people that contact RSPCA Tasmania with concerns for animals in need, or looking for support with their own animals, so we believe these information sessions will provide participants with a greater understanding of RSPCA’s legal obligations and limitations in these situations.

Our desired outcome from these community consultations is to continue engaging positively with horse owners and to change any negative perceptions into a more positive understanding of how the Inspectorate team goes about their daily business," Mr Kroeze said.

The free events will be held in Launceston at the Best Western (Tuesday 28 June), Burnie at the Menai Hotel/Motel (Wednesday 29 June) and in Hobart at the Old Woolstore (Thursday 30 June) .

Speakers:
Ray Kroeze : Chief Inspector - RSPCA Tasmania – will speak about the role of the Inspectorate and the Animal Welfare Act.

Debbie Grull : Veterinary Officer, Animal Services at DPIPWE – will speak about Body Condition Scoring of Horses.

Martin Connell : Territory Manager with Hygain – will speak about horse feeds and supplements appropriate for our conditions.

Full details of these events and the links to the pre-registration pages can be found here