Traveller and Gypsy-owned horses well cared for, study finds

Assessment reveals UK and Irish Travellers and Gypsies’ horses benefit from good health and welfare.

Gypsies’ and Traveller’s horses enjoy good welfare, according to research in the communities.

A study of more than 100 horses owned by Travellers and Gypsies in the UK and Ireland found that the animals’ health and welfare was of a good standard and owners were invested in their care and wellbeing.

The study, by the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and Scotland’s Rural College, is the first of its type to measure the welfare of Gypsy and Travellers’ horses, and the results challenge perceptions from previous studies of standards of care in horses in these settings...