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

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

  2. 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.

  3. What’s included in the Code?
    The Code is an up to date resource for equine owners that covers everything from duty of care, housing, feed, water, health management, transportation, to change of career and end of life. 

  4. 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. 

  5. Who should check out these tools?
    Everyone with an interest in the care and welfare of horses, ponies, donkeys or mules should visit our website. Whether you are an animal owner, caregiver or just interested in equines these resources will offer you insights into contemporary animal care and wellbeing.

  6. Is there a specific program that can help me prepare for equine ownership or brush up my skills?
    Yes. The HWAC is currently developing an online educational video series that will cover all 10 sections Code.

  7. 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. 

  8. Is there a cost to participate? 
    No. The online videos are free and easy to access.

  9. How long will it take to complete the full series?
    There are 10 sections in the equine Code. Each section will likely take no more than 40 minutes to complete. 

  10. Do I have to complete all 10 sections at once?
    No. Once you have created a login you can leave and come back at any time to continue or review a section as you please.

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