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Equine Codes of Practice – Share the Knowledge

Please accept best wishes for a healthy and pleasant 2022 (and beyond) from myself, Directors and Consultants at the Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada (HWAC).

Each of the Canadian livestock sectors have created a CODE OF PRACTICE FOR THE CARE AND HANDLING of their respective species. Many of the species are primarily food production operations and are subject to government mandated and regulated protocols. That is not the case for equine. Equine does not have government mandated protocols, regulations or training programs, related to health and welfare.

HWAC recently created an Equine Code of Practice Training Program. This comprehensive program may be accessed on the HWAC website www.horsewelfare.ca. Click on Equine Code of Practice Training, on the home page.

We are very pleased to report many individuals, educational institutions, and others have accessed the program to date.

The Equine Code of Practice Training Program addresses each of the ten sections of the Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines. Anyone or group may log in and study each and/or all of the ten sections at no charge, which reflects the HWAC’s Statement of Purpose and dedication to the promotion of health and welfare of equine.

As well as providing the educational process, HWAC offers Certification credential to anyone who may wish to have evidence of their study of the ten sections of the Code of Practice. We at HWAC are proud to report Certification has been accessed by individuals, college and university students, grade school students, members of breed, performance, and regional organizations, 4H, Law and Bylaw enforcement agencies, performance and show hosts, judges, stewards, and others.

For those who wish to receive credential to verify the completion of their studies of the ten sections of the Equine Code of Practice, a certificate is available for a $25 fee. Relative details are included on the website.

The purpose of this communication is to encourage all equine related organizations, to inform their members, contacts, and/or clients of the availability of the Equine Code of Practice Training Program.

Happy trails, H.L. (Bill) desBarres, Chair