3rd International Equine Welfare Congress

Workshops Sunday May 31


“Proposals for the future”: Redefining horses and humans


We believe that there is a need to offer a space to promote the debate and collaboration between the different factors involved with horses, in order to integrate common proposals, thus facilitating the solution of current problems. That is why in the framework of this year's congress as a novelty we offer two workshops that will be organized on Sunday, May 31.

The idea behind these workshops is to promote networking, collaboration between different interest groups and generate proposals for future research and development.


The workshops will begin with one or two short presentations on these topics and then there will be a

space for questions and debate. There will then be time to work in a group and the morning will end by exchanging conclusions.


1. “Interaction and / or coexistence between horses and humans”

  • There is an overpopulation of equines in the western world and a pressure of a growing segment in society that questions the welfare and ethics of today's horse and human interactionsThis puts us in a situation in which we have to begin to redefine, rediscover and be responsible for the interactions between horses and humans of the future.


  • The main theme of this workshop will be, if and how the interaction and / or coexistence can be based on a benefit for both horses and humans (win-win).

    • Characteristics of a mutually beneficial relationship; How can we validate this?

    • Win-win coexistence; Can we find sustainable ways to live together?

    • Possible activities that promote mutual well-being



2. “Sustainable proposals within the ownership of equines”

  • Concern about climate change, the current overpopulation of horses in the western world and the questionable environmental, economic and welfare sustainability in horse keeping, demonstrates the growing importance of proposing new and different alternatives.

    • Sustainability features: How can we guarantee and validate this?

    • Management options and responsible horse keeping; Sustainable proposals

    • Cooperation between different interest groups; Territory management, fire prevention , biodiversity, research and education in different areas, horse owners , legislation, government policies, etc.


Discussions and conclusions of the conference and workshops will be published on Proyecto Caballo's website to raise awareness and encourage its sharing.