Second part of the webinars about the education of a young working horse (in French).
Henri was a school teacher, an agricultural engineer and one of the last cavalry officers trained by the Swiss Army. For 38 years he produced milk on his farm in the Swiss Jura, at an altitude of 1.200 m above sea level. He did all the farmwork with Franches-Montagnes horses, but also bred and trained horses, mainly of this Swiss breed. The FM breeding society elected him as it’s first chairman. He also trained people and all his life he was a strong supporter of animal traction, for ecological, societal and mental reasons. Today his activities still are closely linked to the use of horses: riding, driving a horse-drawn sledge for tourists, giving training courses in logging etc.
Since July 2020, FECTU has been promoting a monthly webinar, covering different
topics focused on health and welfare of working animals, but also on different uses
in all kinds of activities. These webinars will continue in 2021 and are included in
the continuous training programme, as a way to share knowledge and bring
together professionals from different areas, having in common the passion for
animal traction and working animals.
As a result, FECTU has launched the new YouTube
channel, where all the webinars will be available. We hope you will enjoy the
content of this channel!
On the 9th of June, the Donkey Sanctuary promoted a webinar focused on Modern animal traction: current situation, challenges and opportunities.
Joao Rodrigues, Pit Schlechter and Erhard Schroll were the guests of this webinar, which counted with attendees from all over the world.
It was the perfect opportunity to explore the reality in Europe around working equids.
OIE-WORLD ORGANISATION FOR ANIMAL HEALTH
Terrestrial Animal Health Code
Chapter 7.12- Welfare of Working Equids
In many countries, working equids, used for transport and traction, contribute directly and indirectly to households' livelihoods and benefit communities as a whole. Working equids may be of direct or indirect use in production and commercial activities.
Specifically, they contribute to agricultural production and food security by transporting, for instance, water and fodder for other livestock, firewood and other daily needs to the homestead and agricultural products to the market. They provide draught power for agricultural work and transport. They may supply manure, milk, meat and hides for household use or income.
The welfare of these working equids is often poor because their owners lack sufficient resources to meet their needs or have insufficient knowledge of the appropriate care of equids. Certain working contexts, such as working in construction industries or in harsh environments, may present a particular risk to their welfare.