The goal of this Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada project is to raise awareness and provide educational resources respecting Canada’s standard of care for equine, the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines*. 

The project includes a series of 10 animal care educational VIDEOS, reference RESOURCES and ASSESSMENT CHECKLISTS that cover all aspects of horse ownership and care. 

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

  1. Select from the videos below (click on the > key to move through the 10 sections), or 

  2. Complete the training and the exam process to receive a certificate of completion. The full training may be completed in less than 5 hours. Currently in production available soon  


* In the Code 'horse' refers to all domestic equine species, namely horses, ponies, miniature horses, donkeys, mules and hinnies.



















INDUSTRY REPRESENTATIVES who have contributed in excess of 400 hours to the development of this program

  • HWAC board members

  • Equine owners and caregivers

  • Provincial / national equine associations

  • Breed groups

  • Veterinarian colleges

  • Equine veterinarians

  • Researchers

  • Industry specialists

  • Government bodies

TECHNICAL COLLABORATION​ - videos, photography and interviews: 50+ locations and 250+ equine owners, caregivers, veterinarians and other service providers. With location such as

  • BCCHA Horse Show

  • Gateway Dressage Final

  • Atlantic Veterinarian College

  • The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada

  • Red Shore Racetrack

  • Woodbine Racetrack

  • Calgary Stampede

  • 4H on Parade

  • Multiple farms, ranches, and stables from BC to PEI


Funding for the equine Codes project is provided through the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AgriAssurance program.



Outlines the overarching responsibilities that come with being an equine owner or caregiver

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