Charity plans horse welfare talk in run up to London 2012

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Equine insurance customers might be interested to learn that the caring for and prevention of horse cruelty will be high on the agenda at the World Horse Welfare's annual conference later this month.

With the London 2012 Olympics just around the corner, the charity aims to highlight the importance of horse welfare in sport and the conference will have a number of high profile speakers, including minister for sport and the Olympics Hugh Robertson and racing journalist Alastair Down.

As well as horse welfare, the conference will cover overbreeding in the equine industry, use of the whip in racing – given the recent controversy surrounding the instrument's use – and the Olympic legacy.

Chief executive of World Horse Welfare Roly Owers said about the upcoming event: "With the Olympic Games fast-approaching, we felt the annual conference was an excellent opportunity to discuss a number of issues relating to the welfare of horses being used in sport."

The issue of horse welfare has been high on the agenda in recent weeks with controversy surrounding the implementation of the recent whip usage rules in racing.

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