Input on Canada's Equine Code of Practice Sought

Horse owners and those with an interest in equine welfare have another opportunity to provide input into the revision to Canada's Equine Code of Practice through online surveys.

The National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) is conducting a third stakeholder survey to gain further input as the Equine Code of Practice is revised. The code will serve as the national understanding of equine care requirements and recommended best practices.

The NFACC is overseeing the multi-year project to renew the Codes of Practice for several farm animal species, including horses. Each species has a lead organization responsible for facilitating their individual Code's development; Equine Canada has taken the lead for the Equine Code of Practice.

The code will be scientifically informed, practical, and reflect societal expectations for farm animal care thanks to a Code Development Committee which brings together a broad range of expertise and industry knowledge. The committee is also seeking stakeholder input through national surveys. This survey is the third to be conducted for horses and is focused on health management and tail alterations.

"The surveys are an excellent tool for us to gain insights from a broad group of stakeholders as we renew our national Code," explained Jack de Wit, chair of the Equine Code of Practice Committee and member of Equine Canada's Board of Directors. "We strongly encourage all those involved in our sport and industry to provide their views through this survey."

To complete this survey, go to and click on survey three. The survey takes between 10 to 15 minutes to complete. More information on the code development process and progress is available from NFACC's website

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