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Education to improve horse welfare and to empower horse owners

We believe that education is the key to every animal and every person’s welfare right across the world. Education is also the  key to change for the better, the lives of working equids and their owners/keepers.
To contribute to education  to improve the lives of thousands of working horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in the developing world, we aim to have 1000 partners overseas by the end of 2021. With your help, we can reach this target.

How can you help?

Very simple, by joining our campaign called 1 for 1, this means that for every product sold in a developed country, Finnegan Equine will donate a sample welfare model on your behalf, for instance, if you buy a hoof stand, we will donate a sample welfare model of a hoof stand to be replicated; if you buy a hoof pick or a rasp, we will do the same. Even better if you buy a full kit, we will donate a full sample welfare model kit.

 

 

We aim to improve the welfare of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in the developing world
We aim to improve the welfare of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules in the developing world

In 201 7 we hope to send at least 250 sample welfare models of all our equipment and tools to participating technical colleges in countries with large numbers of mostly barefoot working animals.

These sample welfare models are being very well tested this winter by over 40 veterinary students. Their manufacture will be carried out in colleges in the countries of most need, their quality will be controlled/supervised by the colleges with their  trainee engineers making them using largely recycled, locally available materials, as part of their workshop training exercises.

 

Veterinary students testing the hoofpicks
Veterinary students testing the hoof picks

Every piece of equipment made locally will be used to educate people in basic hoof maintenance and we will be supporting  the local welfare  organisation teams already on the ground  in their  training of  owners/handlers in prevention, rather than cure. Even more, we want you to receive updates of how your donation is helping these animals and their owners.

We have been thinking for a long time what we can do to help these animals and the people who need them to be able to raise their children. We are confident that with our more than 50 years of combined experience of horse keeping, engineering, teaching, veterinary medicine and welfare work will be well used  putting this project into practice.

We hope you can embrace this idea with us and help us to help!
If you want more information, contact us on paddy@pfeni,com.

Sincerely

Paddy and Laura Finnegan

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Latest round of Basic Manual Handling and Fine Hand Skills Workshops at the University of Liverpool’s Leahurst’s campus Equine Club.

Latest round of Basic Manual Handling and Fine Hand Skills Workshops at the University of Liverpool’s Leahurst’s campus Equine Club.

by Patrick Finnegan.

I am very happy to report that last November, from the 17th to the 20th,  I had a really busy, but excellent week in Liverpool.  There was great interest at the beginning of November when we offered more workshops to Liverpool’s Equine students’ club.  Over 70 students signed up within a few days when we posted our dates for last November, for the latest round of Basic Manual Handling and Fine Hand Skills Workshops at the University of Liverpool’s Leahurst’s campus Equine Club.

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One of the well attended Basic Manual Handling and Fine Hand Skills Workshops at the University of Liverpool’s Leahurst’s campus Equine Club.

This was our fourth set of workshops in the last two years hosted by the students’ equine club with the support of their Equine Clinic Skills Lecturer, Luke Edwards. 

We are very grateful to Luke, to the Equine Club Secretary, Katie Burden and her able assistants on the 3 different evenings, Alice Faulds and Seamus McSorley. They all did a great professional job in organising the 4th year students, who signed up and filled up every one of the 5 workshops delivered.

Using props to learn how to explore the foot, quickly and safely for both, handler and horse!
Using props to learn how to clean out feet efficiently and safely for both, handler and horse at the last Basic Manual Handling and Fine Hand Skills Workshops

The 5 workshops ran  very smoothly  with Katie’s helping hand on the two workshops on Wednesday night, Alice’s help with two, on Thursday night and Seamus and Katie’s help with the one on Friday night. 

Many thanks to Horse Sense Wirral Rescue Centre

We are also ever so grateful to Alice for her helping hand at both of the practical trimming sessions at the Horse Sense Wirral Rescue Centre.  It was very kind of Amy and Shaun Pirie, directors of the rescue centre, to have hosted two trimming practical sessions on Saturday morning and afternoon.

Horse Sense Wirral founders Amy and Shaun Pirie facilitated the practical training sessions!
Horse Sense Wirral founders Amy and Shaun Pirie facilitated the practical training sessions!

Furthermore, Amy and Shaun were very generous providing my accommodation all week at the Horse Sense Wirral Centre.  I cannot thank them enough and I have a lot of admiration for their compassion and the great work they carry out every day with so many unwanted horses.

This great team effort, by all concerned, has enabled us to make  huge progress in our educational goals, as all the new welfare models and our commercial models of our stands, knives, rasps and safety nippers were well tested by these enthusiastic students,  on a wide range of animals including donkeys, Shetland ponies, cobs and several of the fantastic very well looked after, senior residents at the centre, they all  look really  fantastically happy and well for many of them being over 30 years of age. 

I must point out that all the animals at Horse Sense Wirral, including the senior residents, had some of the best cared for feet, that I have had the pleasure to see in any rescue centre. They are certainly a credit to the very dedicated team at this rescue centre.

We hope that this winter our Education Trust will be formalised to allow us to offer similar training workshops next term to the other Equine Students Clubs in the rest of the Veterinary Colleges in the UK, as well as to any interested nearby equine rescue centres. If you would like  further information about our educational program or about our products please contact us on paddy@pfeni.com

 

Learning how to use a Finnegan hoof stand in ponies!
Learning how to use a Finnegan hoof stand on ponies during one of the practical sessions on the Saturday  at the Horse Sense Wirral.  

 

 

 

 

 

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Workshops at Liverpool’s Equine Vet Students Club

Liverpool's Equine Vet Students Club

The veterinary students at Liverpool’s Equine Vet Students Club trying on the Finnegan Techniques at this week’s workshop.

Another successful workshop, this time with vet students in Liverpool.

They had a competition to do the least damage to the practise feet when students were searching for objects buried in the feet.

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Training club night at Leahurst Equine Campus

Training at Leahurst Equine Campus

Finnegan Equine provided another training club night in Manual handling and fine hand skills at Leahurst Equine Campus for the final year students on Monday 7th December 2015. The class was oversubscribed and we are arranging another training session for early 2016.

Finnegan Equine demonstrated our manual handling techniques for safe use of hoof stands in routine work. This was using our training legs and feet to show how best to lower the strains involved when handling legs and feet.

We also gave fine hand skill training in the use of our safety loop knives, radius rasps and safety nippers.

It was a great success and the students enjoyed finding and relieving  the “stone bruises” and “thrush infections” hidden in their dummy feet.

Training equipment
Hoof stands, dummy feet, training legs, radius rasps, safety nippers, safety grooms loop pick/knife and prototype adjustable safety nippers with replaceable blades.

We will be posting the results of the student’s feedback survey on the class.

This year we have started offering our Manual handling and fine hand skills workshops to the different Colleges in the UK. We are targeting the colleges in the lower part of the UK first that offer equine vet/nurse/groom training courses. Our 2-hour classroom based course shows the Finnegan Techniques and students practice the safe use of our hoof stands using training legs. Our techniques and stands are proven to reduce by at least 70% the handler strain in even brief routine work and our training feet improve the fine hand skills required by grooms and students to safely inspect and treat feet to improve hoof health/fit competition studs.

Some of the colleges that we hope to be visiting in our first Finnegan Equine Training Spring Tour to provide this training are Warwickshire, Weston, Wiltshire, Herefordshire and Ludlow College, Oxford Brookes, Bristol University’s Langford Equine Centre and the RVC (Royal Veterinary College).

Would you like us to go to your College/Club and get a training night? Contact us to arrange a date.