Seven US national equestrian organisations have joined 28 other groups in their endorsement of the American Horse Council’s Welfare Code of Practice.
“This latest round of endorsements emphasizes the industry’s unified and continued commitment to the welfare and safety of horses. We look forward to bringing in as many organizations as possible to support the code of practice,” said AHC President Jay Hickey.
Joining 28 other national groups in endorsing the code are PATH International, American Warmblood Registry, North American Short Pony Registry, National Walking Horse Association, Kansas Horse Council, Certified Horsemanship Association and HorseSafety.com.
The Welfare Code outlines in generic terms what it means for an organization to be committed to the responsible breeding, training, care, use, enjoyment, transport, and retirement of horses. Many associations have undertaken studies, reviews, and initiatives that show their commitment to the welfare of their horses. This generic code is simply a continuation of that effort.
The AHC encourages all members of the equine industry to support and endorse the Welfare Code of Practice as yet another indication to the public, the media, federal and state officials and the horse community that the industry “Puts the Horse First.”
National groups that have already endorsed the code include the: American Association of Equine Practitioners, American Endurance Ride Conference, American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, American Saddlebred Horse Association, American Riding Instructors Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, Arabian Horse Association, Florida Thoroughbred Breeder’s and Owner’s Association, Harness Horsemen International, International Walking Horse Association, Kentucky Horse Council, Kentucky Thoroughbred Association, League of Agricultural and Equine Centers, Masters of Foxhounds Association, National Cutting Horse Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, National Thoroughbred Racing Association, North American Trail Ride Conference, Pinto Horse Association of America, The Pyramid Society, Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders & Exhibitors Association, Texas Quarter Horse Association, Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, US Dressage Federation, U. Equestrian Drill Team, US Equestrian Federation, and US Trotting Association.