Several national horse groups in the US are the latest to add their endorsement of the American Horse Council’s Welfare Code of Practice, a broad set of principles which aim to “Put the Horse First”.
The US Polo Association, American Warmblood Registry, North American Shortpony Registry, Missouri Quarter Horse Association, Pal-O-Mine Equine Center and the Virginia Horse Center Foundation, and the Michigan, Minnesota, New York and South Carolina Horse Councils have endorsed the Welfare Code of Practice.
The code outlines in broad strokes what principles organizations are committed to in breeding, training, competing, transporting, enjoying, and caring for their horses. The code encourages everyone to consider the health, safety, and welfare of their horses in all aspects of their activities, including the social and ethical issues.
The AHC’s code is not intended to supersede an organization’s rules or regulations. Any organization’s more specific rules still govern activities sanctioned and regulated by the organization. Rather, the code is a compliment to any such rules and restates the principles to be followed by breed registries, trade associations, various disciplines and the horse community as a whole in pursuing their equine activities.