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  MRes Generating Horse Weight Carrying Capacity Guidelines for the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch (UK)

Hartpury University    Postgraduate Courses

Full time September MRes 1 year full-time
Veterinary Sciences (35)

About the course

Equestrian use, particularly that in the public eye, is becoming subject to increasing scrutiny, with non-equine stakeholders questioning if traditional equine use and management practices are ethical and necessary. This has led broader animal welfare advocates to introduce the debate that equestrianism requires a social license to operate (SLO) in the modern era. The Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch aims to proactively support their horses by providing evidence-informed policy and guidance on the weight carrying capacity of their horses to ensure ethical practices that enhance the health and welfare of the horses in the mounted branch.

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Entry Requirements


- undergraduate degree in a field relating to either equine science, equine welfare, veterinary science or a related field.
- quantitative data analysis skills in Excel.

- experience/background of horses and riding
- skill/experience of working with others in a research setting and/or industry experience

- Strong evidence of understanding of Social License to Operate (SLO) within equestrian fields
- Strong evidence of understanding of the Five Domains Model of Animal Welfare Assessment
- Excellent written and spoken communication skills in English


The studentship comprises of full Master’s tuition fees (£11,000) allowing the student a pivotal position in the development of future equine welfare policy within the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch.

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