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Equine Welfare Data Collective Has Launched Data Collection of Equines at Risk and in Transition

by | Nov 2018 | News

WASHINGTON, DC – The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC), a collaborative effort to accumulate, analyze, and report data to enhance programming for transitioning and at-risk equines, has begun the collection of metrics within the equine welfare industry. The Collective was created by the Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC), a program of the American Horse Council (AHC), with funding partners being The Right Horse Initiative (TRH), The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEPF).

The EWDC understands the power of data and how it can vastly shift the dialogue around an issue and drive positive change.

“Solid data is critical to measuring the impact of any large-scale effort,” said Christy Counts, President of The Right Horse Initiative. “As our partners continue to create innovative solutions in equine welfare, we look forward to being able to measure the positive impacts on horses in transition as well as guide future decision-making and strategy.”

This is the first time data of this scale and type has been collected.

“This is a powerful and important milestone for equine welfare,” said Dr. Emily Weiss, Vice President of Equine Welfare for the ASPCA. “If organizations lean in to provide their data we will have a much stronger understanding of the risks and opportunities for equines in shelters, rescues and sanctuaries here in the US. Success depends upon groups taking the time to enter data so that we have a robust data set for analysis and future understanding of trends.”

The EWDC will measure progress and identify risks and opportunities within the industry on a national scale, so organizations helping horses in transition can develop impactful and sustainable programs.

All who are involved with equines in transition will be able to have access to the aggregate data. The success of the EWDC depends upon shelters, rescues, sanctuaries, funders and other organizations that house, or support the housing of, equines in transition to contribute data to the collective and to encourage all groups to do the same. The funding organizations have committed to work collaboratively to bring this resource to the industry and encourage all to participate.

Participation in the EWDC is free, and all data collected will be aggregated so no individual organization is identified. Organizations that contribute data will be the first to receive the results and will be given an EWDC badge for their website to publicly demonstrate their commitment to the mission. Granting organizations such as the UHC, TRH, AAEPF, and the ASPCA will be looking for an organization’s contribution to the EWDC as part of their funding considerations.

The EWDC hopes that all rescues, shelters, and sanctuaries will assist in the effort to collect this much-needed data.

For more information please visit the EWDC website at https://www.unwantedhorsecoalition.org/equine-welfare-data-collective/ or contact Emily Stearns, EWDC program manager, at EWDC@HorseCouncil.Org.

About the Unwanted Horse Coalition

The Unwanted Horse Coalition represents a broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together to educate the horse industry about the unwanted horse issue.

The UHC was a direct result of the Unwanted Horse Summit, which was organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners and held in conjunction with the American Horse Council’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C., in April 2005. The summit was held to bring key stakeholders together to start a dialogue on the plight of the unwanted horse, defined as any horse no longer wanted by its current owner. Operating under the American Horse Council Foundation, the UHC provides resources to prospective owners, current owners, rehoming facilities, and industry leaders in its effort to encourage responsible ownership.

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