Horse Welfare

FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse

Equestrian Australia (EA) subscribes to the FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the horse and strongly endorses the notion that at all times the welfare of the horse must be paramount.

EA wishes to remind all members and those involved in Equestrian sport that any attempt to alter the normal sensation of the horse for performance enhancement will not be tolerated.

Equestrian Australia subscribes to the FEI Welfare Codes that you can find here :

FEI Code of Conduct for the Welfare of the Horse

You can also access information on the FEI's Veterinarian Page here: 

FEI's Veterinarian Page

Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Land Transport provide specific requirements for the land transport of livestock, including horses. The standards cover the process of land transport by road, rail and vehicles on board a ship, and apply to all people responsible for the care and management of horses throughout the entire transportation process.

The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock have been endorsed by the Primary Industries Ministerial Committee for legislation. The standards can be found here on the animal welfare standards and guidelines website:

Guidelines for Land Transport

Clean Sport for Horses

Visit Equestrian Australia's dedicated page on anything related to Clean Sport for our Horses

Access the FEI Equine Prohibited Substances List, the Medication Control Page, the Doping and Medical Policies, the Administration of Supplements to Horses warning and much more.

Clean Sport for Horses 

Equestrian Australia Hot Weather Policy

Horses exercising and competing in hot environmental conditions can be affected by heat stress.

When environmental heat conditions are adverse, exercising horses require appropriate cooling measures to safeguard their welfare.

The primary responsibility for the welfare of horses competing and exercising during hot weather lies with the rider of the horse. Riders must always take action to prevent, manage and treat heat stress in their horses.

Event organisers are responsible for providing adequate facilities and information that riders need to safeguard the welfare of horses. Access to ice and cooling water during competition is a compulsory requirement that arises under certain environmental conditions.

(updated 01 September 2017) No amendments have been made to the horse-related information, although, after consultation with the FEI and AIS, we have now included a new section pertaining to our human athletes.

Hot Weather Policy

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