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About Us

The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (est. 2008) is an alliance of provincial equine organizations whose purpose is the dissemination of accurate information related to the Canadian horse industry to horse owners and the general public.

Statement of Purpose

  1. Promote humane handling of horses throughout all of their life stages
  2. Develop equine education resources and programs
  3. Inform constituents and partners of matters and issues related to the welfare of the horse population
  4. Enhance public awareness of matters and issues relating to the welfare of the horse and the horse industry

​The Alliance

  • Promotes humane handling of horses throughout all of their life stages
  • Develops and supports the existing education programs of each of its partners and / or members
  • Informs its constituents, partners and members of matters and issues related to the welfare of the horse population
  • Enhances public awareness of matters and issues relating to the welfare of the horse and the industry
  • Networks with organizations who assist the Alliance in the achievement of its purpose and objectives
  • Encourages responsible breeding practices
  • Promotes and educates measures to protect the health of the equine herd and the public including biosecurity
  • Monitors issues that impact the welfare and health of horses
  • Advocates wherever the interests of the horse, horse people and industry will be positively affected

Focus Areas

  • Educate horse owners, caregivers, transporters, industry stakeholders, governments and the public
  • Liaison between industry, governments and other agencies
  • Monitor issues across Canada that impact the welfare and health of horses and take the appropriate action to ensure that horse welfare is not compromised so the integrity of the horse industry can be sustained

Promoting the Humane Handling of Horses Throughout All Their Life Stages

The Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC) is an alliance of provincial equine organizations, farm animal care groups and other segments of the animal agriculture industry.

HWAC was formed in 2008 as a response to concerns related to the humane care and handling of horses. These concerns were not being addressed by other equine industry organizations. HWAC was registered under Corporations Canada on 29 JUL 2011 as a not for profit corporation.

Get in Touch

Mikki Shatosky
p 403.870.8784

Bill desBarres, Chair
p 403.526.1070

“There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man.”