CHAPS give urban horse passport to healthier future
Urban horses have received passports to a healthier future and their owners are being given valuable support and advice as a part of a CHAPS outreach initiative.
On Saturday 17th October, the Commun ity Horse and Pony Scheme (CHAPS) joined forces with leading vets Cotts Equine to visit urban horse owners in Blaenymaes, Penlan and Clase. Equine welfare officers and vets provided a discounted micro chipping, vaccination and equine passport service, as well as information on welfare, nutrition and exercise.
The Lottery Funded equine charity aims to improve the welfare and quality of life for both horses and people through a number of equine, rural and agricultural initiatives. Two vets from Cotts and the CHAPS team spent time with a number of urban horse owners in these communities educating them on legal regulations and health and well-being issues.
CHAPS Equine Welfare Officer Lisa Lanfear said: “It was such a real pleasure to see so many horse owners from urban communities engaging with the outreach workers from CHAPS. By encouraging horse owners in urban communities to use the outreach service provided by CHAPS we are strengthening relationships with people for the benefit of the local environment and the horses.”
CHAPS Project Manager Katie Double said that every horse seen by the team received vaccinations to protect them against potentially fatal diseases.
She said: “CHAPS held its first vet day in October last year and since then there has been a high demand amongst the CHAPS club members to hold more events in communities where there are a number of urban horses.
“Cotts Equine recently opened a practice in Swansea and CHAPS are thankful that two of their specialist equine vets donated their time to help the local community.”
Vet Jessica May said: “Cotts are proud to be part of this project which aims to improve the lives of many horses and ponies in our local communities, whilst helping their owners to expand their knowledge.”
Pictured: CHAPS Equine Welfare Officer Lisa Lanfear and Cotts Vet Jessica May advising Urban Horse owner Kieran Hill.