Continued Endorsements for AHC National Welfare Code of Practice

The American Horse Council (AHC) announced March 4 that the American Riding Instructors Association, International Walking Horse Association, Texas Quarter Horse Association, and the United States Eventing Association have all endorsed the AHC National Welfare Code of Practice.

"This latest round of endorsements emphasizes the industry's unified and continued commitment to the welfare and safety of horses," said AHC President Jay Hickey. "We look forward to bringing in as many organizations as possible to further reinforce the industry's commitment to safety, health, care and welfare of all horses.".

The Welfare Code outlines in generic terms what it means for an organization to be committed to the responsible breeding, training, care, use, enjoyment, transport, and retirement of horses. Many associations have undertaken studies, reviews, and initiatives that show their commitment to the welfare of their horses. This generic code is simply a continuation of that effort.

They join twenty-four other national groups that have already endorsed the Code.

The AHC encourages all members of the equine industry to support and endorse the Welfare Code of Practice as yet another indication to the public, the media, federal and state officials and the horse community that the industry "puts the horse first."

To view the complete Welfare Code of Practice visit the AHC website.

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