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Equine Code of Practice Awareness and Education Project - Q and As

What’s the project about?

Led by the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC), this 2-year initiative (2019-2020) aims to create awareness around Canada’s standard of care – the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines.

What is the “Code”? 

The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines is a guide to sound management and welfare practices for horses, ponies, donkeys and mule owners and caregivers. The current equine Code was released in 2013. Codes development is managed through the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC).

What’s included in the Code?

The Code is an up to date resource for equine owners that covers everything from duty of care (purchasing a horse), housing, feed, water, health management, transportation, to change of career and end of life. 

How can people learn more about the Code? 

We are developing a series of online resources including videos, reading material, self-evaluation checklists and guides based on the equine Code. 
These informative tools will walk participants through various sections of the Code and provide introductions to biosecurity and emergency preparedness as it relates to equine. 

Who should check out these tools?

Everyone with an interest in the care and welfare of horses, ponies, donkeys or mules. Whether you are an animal owner, caregiver or just interested in equines these resources will offer you insights into animal care and wellbeing.

Is there a specific program that can help me prepare for equine ownership or brush up my skills?

Yes. The HWAC online educational video series that covers all 10 sections of the equine Code.

I’ve owned horses my entire life, what can these videos offer? 

While some information may be review, the training can help confirm the benefits of your current practices and provide the latest developments in equine care. The program provides a common reference point for all equine enthusiasts and will boost equine health and welfare across Canada. 

Is there a cost to participate? 

There are two options to participate in the equine Code training program:

  1. No cost - click here to begin

  2. $25 fee that includes testing and a certificate of completion - click here to begin

How long will it take to complete the full series?

There are 10 sections in the equine Code. The full training may be completed in less than 5 hours. 

Do I have to complete all 10 sections at once?

No. You can leave and come back at any time to continue or review a section as you please.

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