RSPCA Vic Horse Welfare Evenings

RSPCA Vic Horse Welfare Evenings

Presented by experts in Horse welfare

Over 250 people have attended this class


RSPCA Vic Horse Welfare Evenings - Live via Zoom

Evening 1: Tips for springtime management

26th October, 6.30 pm

Join us for a discussion around managing hooves and diets for springtime! 

Did you know that laminitis is the second biggest killer of horses after colic? Much has changed around what we know about the causes and risk factors for laminitis over the past 10 years. Horses that have PPID (Cushings) or Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) have an increased risk of developing laminitis. Come along to this evening to get a better understanding of laminitis, the sometimes unrecognized risk factors, and how to feed and manage hoof care proactively to reduce future problems.

Evening 2: Keeping welfare front of mind

2nd November, 6.30pm

As horse owners and enthusiasts, at times we can be asking a lot of our equine friends. How do we ensure that our horses achieve and maintain peak performance, and where does welfare fit into all of this? Whether you are looking after a horse enjoying their retirement years, or one that is at peak performance condition, Dr Paul Owens will discuss the importance of dental health and hygiene, and the impact that this plays on a horse’s overall welfare. Paul Buckland will then take the discussion further to highlight points on how we can select and fit our horse’s gear to ensure that they are physically and mentally ready to partner with us on our equine adventures.

Evening 3: Summertime health and pasture management

15th February, 6.30pm

We all want to look after our horses the best we can. As horses age, their nutritional requirements also change and not always in the obvious ways. Digestive efficiency decreases, dental health and their ability to graze or eat hay can decrease significantly and they may develop conditions such as PPID (Cushings). During this session, we will unpack the common challenges of feeding horses over the summer months when pasture feed might be limiting and challenging to digest, especially if they have less than perfect dentition! Explore different types of feeds, and management practices to help maintain a healthy body condition, and find out how to adjust your horse’s feed and your management of pastures to take into account the season. Come along for a chance to ask your questions!

Evening 4: Promoting health and welfare during training and exercise

22nd February, 6.30pm 

How we train, handle and exercise our horses has a profound influence on their physical and mental state, as well as their overall wellbeing. Starting the evening with the physiology aspects of joint and muscle care, our experts will discuss strategies to promote healthy range of movement and best practise methods in preventative joint and muscle health.

Dr Andrew McLean will then lead us into a discussion around promoting welfare using clear, ethical and systematic approaches when interacting with our horses, be that through ground work or in the saddle.  

Expert Speakers include:

Sarah Kuyken (Innovative Hoof Care)

Dr Peter Huntington (Kentucky Equine Research)

Dr Paul Owens (Horse Vet Dentist) 

Paul Buckland (Paul Buckland Saddler) 

Dr Andrew McLean (Equitation Science International)

Dr Andrea Redgewell (Mixed Practice Veterinarian)

All participants who register for the webinar will receive a copy of the recording.

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What you will learn

  • Attendees will be learn how to promote positive welfare in every aspect of their horses' care and management. They will also get the opportunity to ask questions of the speakers, and network with other likeminded participants

What you will get

  • The sessions will be recorded and made available after the event. Please register for the event to receive access to the recordings

What to bring

  • Please bring a cuirous mind

What to wear

N/A this is a webinar

Appropriate for

Horse and pony owners, Equine Industry professionals, equine enthusiasts

RSPCA Victoria

(1221 Reviews)

Want to improve your animal skills? Looking for quality teaching by industry experts? Want real skills and training?

Whether you’re a pet owner or thinking of a career in animal care, RSPCA Victoria has a short course to extend your animal skills and understanding.

Designed to develop new skills for anyone dealing with animals; RSPCA short courses provide valuable access to industry experts and utilise quality resources and trainers in an informative and hands-on environment.

As the trusted name in animal welfare in Victoria, we understand what animals need, and what works and what doesn’t – and are keen to share our practical knowledge and skills with you through.


Gain professional skills. Learn about your pet. Or both!

Programs are tailored for those wanting to enter the animal industry or improve their skills within this field, as well as helping people to increase their skills with their own pets.

Hands-on experience is essential to understanding animals so you will have the chance to meet and work with – animals from our education team – as well as learn from industry experts and qualified trainers.

And of course, profits raised go towards supporting animal welfare projects. You’re helping animals while you learn to… help animals!

So book your course with us today.


About RSPCA Victoria

We are a non-government, community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, the RSPCA has become Australia's leading animal welfare charity.

Our community services include work in education, advocacy, animal care and protection. In Victoria, we operate nine animal Adoption Care Centres and one community pet care centre, providing refuge and care to more than 20,000 animals every year. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on community support to care for 'all creatures great and small'.  More than 90% of our funding is due to the generous support of the Victorian community.

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4.4 (17 reviews)
Kaitlinrated it
04 Mar 2024
Absolutely fantastic webinar from knowledgeable and considerate presenters, I learnt (and re-learnt) a stack in only 90 minutes, and have already changed some training and husbandry practices for my horses. I look forward to using the information in the future, and will keep an eye out for any more RSPCA webinars for sure!
Georgina rated it
23 Feb 2024
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Jane rated it
23 Feb 2024
Thank you so much to the RSPCA, for having organised your information day and evening seminars. I was pleased to have been part of the Horse Welfare evening last night Thursday 22nd February. We where so lucky too have two wonderful knowledgeable vets give there time to us to learn and understand more for our horses. So please give my thanks to Dr Andrew McLean and Dr Andrea Redgewell.
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If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 7 days before class starts. Free of charge.
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Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions - Face to Face courses

  • Program activities are conducted by RSPCA Victoria Education Officers and staff. RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to alter activities or cease programs should staff and participant safety be compromised.
  • For safety reasons, participants must wear appropriate clothing and closed-in shoes. 
  • RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to cancel the class should minimum numbers not be met.  A full refund will apply in these circumstances. 


Participants may be involved in a range of hands-on activities during training. While the RSPCA takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of participants, all participants engage with these activities at their own risk.

By enrolling in these programs you acknowledge that you understand this disclaimer and release RSPCA (Victoria) and its employees, agents, volunteers and contractors from any liability whatsoever, to the extent permitted by law.

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The above does not apply. Please contact for assistance. 

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