Horses

Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines (2013)

National Farm Animal Care Council (Canada).

This new code sets high standards of care required for horses. It includes ethical training methods, exercise requirements and restrictions on tail alterations.


horse grazing Horses in History Bibliography, 2009

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

This bibliography on horses in history is an attempt to give the reader an idea of the nature and scope of the collections at the National Agricultural Library. The collection includes books on the history of different breeds, breeding techniques, farrier or blacksmith skills, health and veterinary medicine, and general horsemanship.


Mare used for pregnant mares' urine Equine Veterinarians' Consensus Report On the Care of Horses On PMU Ranches (PDF | 21 KB)

North American Equine Ranching Information Council.

A report from the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, and the International League for the Protection of Horses on the care of horses kept for the production of pregnant mares' urine (PMU).


Equine Sanctuary & Rescue Facility Guidelines (PDF | 12.5 MB)

University of California, Davis. School of Veterinary Medicine. Center for Equine Health.

This 2009 document provides a set of guidelines for ensuring that horses kept at equine sanctuaries and rescue facilities receive proper care.


Equine Health Monitoring and Surveillance

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Provided by the National Animal Health Surveillance System (NAHSS), this page provides information on equine health monitoring and surveillance activities conducted by many Federal and State government agencies.


Brown horse with a bird perched on it's back Pain in Horses

Colorado State University. International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.

Lists signs that indicate pain or discomfort in horses. A brief discussion of causes and list of treatments are given.


Gray horse Horses, 2006

USDA. NAL. Animal Welfare Information Center.

A bibliography and Web site resources related to the housing, husbandry and welfare of horses.


A donkey walking Code of Practice for Welfare Organisations Involved in the Keeping of Horses, Ponies, and Donkeys

National Equine Welfare Council.

The NEWC in the United Kingdom put together this code of practice which outlines minimum standards of equine care to express that a high standard of husbandry is fundamental to welfare


Recommended Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Horses in PMU Operations (PDF | 616KB)

North American Equine Ranching Information Council.

Provides recommendations for the humane treatment and proper care of horses on PMU ranching farms.


GAO Report: Horse Welfare - Domestic Slaughter, 2011 (PDF | 3.5MB)

Government Accountability Office.

Congress directed GAO to examine horse welfare since cessation of domestic slaughter in 2007. The study was completed and published June 22, 2011. Highlights Page (PDF | 73.7KB) Full Report (PDF | 3.5MB)


The Unwanted Horse Issue: What Now?, 2008 (PDF | 5.80MB)

USDA. NIFA. Plant and Animal Systems.

The purpose of the forum was to try to identify the current circumstances surrounding "unwanted horses," whether there are such horses, and if there are, how many there are, the causes of their being unwanted, and the possible solutions and available options to help them.


Three horses grazing Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium for Horses, Ponies and Donkeys (PDF | 991 KB)

National Equine Welfare Council.

This document from the United Kingdom sets out the minimum standards of care required to appropriately care for a horse.


Horse Behavior and Welfare Workshop

Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation.

This 2002 workshop included papers on equine behavior, management and welfare.


Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit (PDF | 44.05 KB)

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Inc.

Regularly updated nformation on activities from an March 2008 workshop that brought together people from the racing, breeding, and veterinary communities.


Welfare of Equids Ever-Evolving

American Veterinary Medical Association.

An overview of equine welfare issues.


Unwanted Horse Coalition

A broad alliance of equine organizations that have joined together under the American Horse Council, is concerned that some horses may slip through the various safety nets within the equine industry.


Humane Horse Remains Disposal

Humane Society of the United States.

This is a list of state veterinarian contacts, regulations, euthanasia programs, equine crematory/cemetary services, and rendering/carcass disposal vendors in each state.