Free webinar: Husbandry’s role in positive equine behaviour and wellbeing


Equine behaviourists Justine Harrison and Rosa Verwijs discuss how horse management can have huge implications on their physical and psychological health in the latest Welfare Wednesday webinar from World Horse Welfare.

Harrison discusses the horse’s basic behavioural needs and explain why behaviour problems may appear if their management is restricted. She also looks at stress, how it affects the horse, and how owners can manage their environment to reduce stress and avoid behaviour problems occurring.

She is joined by Verwijs to answer questions from the audience about horse behaviour and how management practices can impact their wellbeing and mental health. The webinar is chaired by veterinarian Dr Sarah Coombs, a World Horse Welfare Trustee.


Justine Harrison is a Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). She is also the organisation’s UK Co-Chair and a member of the Application Review Team. Justine is also registered as an Accredited Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council and one of the organisation’s trustees. Justine is the founder of Understand Horses, an online education platform. She lectures on the Equine Behavioural Science BSc degree course at Writtle University College and teaches as a visiting lecturer at several UK universities and colleges. She acts as an expert consultant in legal disputes and court cases involving equine behaviour. She holds lectures and workshops around the UK and regularly contributes to a wide variety of international publications.

Rosa Verwijs is a Senior Lecturer in Equine Behaviour and Nutrition at Writtle University College in Essex, where she leads the BSc (Hons) Equine Behavioural Science course. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and conducts research into equine behaviour, welfare and nutrition and has developed several new university courses. Rosa is a Certified Horse Behaviour Consultant with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants and is also registered with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council as an Accredited Animal Behaviourist. She promotes the use of LIMA (least intrusive, minimally aversive) compliant and science-based behaviour modification methods. Rosa contributes to Understand Horses, and sits on equine industry behaviour and welfare committees for the Animal Behaviour and Training Council, The British Horse Society and the National Equine Welfare Council. She also writes behaviour articles for equine magazines.

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