The American Farrier’s Association is the latest of 52 organisations to endorse the American Horse Council’s Welfare Code of Practice, a broad set of principles aimed to “Put the Horse First.”
The AHC’s code is designed to establish good welfare procedures and encourages everyone to consider the health, safety, and welfare of their horses in all aspects of their activities, including the social and ethical issues.
Beth Daniels, Executive Director for the American Farrier’s Association, said the AFA strongly supported the Welfare Code of Practice.
“Our mission statement clearly indicates the AFA’s commitment to good stewardship of the horse, and our support of the AHC Welfare Code of Practice is a natural extension of that commitment,” she said.
The AHC’s code is not intended to supersede an organisation’s rules or regulations. Any organisation’s more specific rules still govern activities sanctioned and regulated by the organisation.
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.