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Lantra launches new industry research project
A NEW research project aimed at track-ing the size and scope of the UK's equine industry has been launched by Lantra.  
The online Equine Skills Census will be looking at what training, skills and employment issues are faced by those working with the field.  
It is hoped the results will help to identify and outline skills and training requirements and provide evidence supporting the need for more funded training.

Policy introduced for high-value horses
A NEW insurance scheme aimed at owners of high-value sport and competition horses has been launched.  
Amlin and Weatherbys have joined forces to create the 'Advanced Equestrian' policy, which encompasses mortality and loss of use cover as well as automatic worldwide coverage and advice from two of the UK's leading veterinary practices should an insured horse become ill or injured.  
David Ashby, Amlin Plus MD, said: 'There is a feeling amongst owners of sport and competition horses that insurance is either too expensive or doesn't provide them with adequate cover or expert advice."

Welsh councils to unite to help vulnerable horses
EIGHT Welsh councils are working together on a new scheme to improve the welfare of vulnerable horses. 
The Mustang project is focused on loose horses which cause considerable problems on roads and in public parks in many areas.  
Lead officer is Steve Grey of Cardiff Trading Standards, who confirmed that there are around 1,000 horses and ponies across the eight areas and his team seizes around 20 loose horses a quarter in Cardiff. 
He pointed out that the area has a large urban horse population related to travellers and tethered horses are a particular nuisance because they get loose and career around the housing estates.

Trust to fund new equine fellowship
A PRESTIGIOUS new equine science research fellowship is to be funded by the BEVA Trust.  
The charitable arm of the British Equine Veterinary Association has announced that the scheme will be its largest project to date and will have the potential to make a significant impact in equine education, science and welfare.  
The fellowship will take place at Cambridge University's Selwyn College and the Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine.  
The chosen fellow will be conducting scientific research studies, focussing on epidemiology or infectious disease, and it is hoped that the results will benefit the welfare of working horses and donkeys in the developing world.
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