Equine Health & Welfare

Equine Health & Welfare

The health of and welfare of equines, and the entire horse industry, is of paramount importance to our equine community. Providing educational resources, training, sharing regulations and strengthening the herd is a priority.

Here you will find information on ways to keep horses healthy, prevent the spread of diseases, assess risks, prepare for emergencies, information on transportation and best horse ownership practices.

Everyone has a responsibility when it comes to the health and welfare of the equine community. Keeping horses healthy and safe and knowing how to care for them in every stage of life is important.


Keeping horses free from injury or illness is a tall order for anyone. Luckily, there are a lot of resources available and cutting-edge research to help us make good decisions as horse owners. When you are new to owning a horse, however, deciphering that information can be daunting. Here, we have laid out the basic information horse owners need to know.


There are many components to the well-being of equines; here we focus on providing resources to the community that includes being prepared for emergencies, transporting equines, good horse management, and considerations of horse ownership.

Equine Welfare Position Statement

All equines matter. The Alberta Equestrian Federation is committed to the respectful and humane care of all equines throughout their lifespan.


  1. This applies to all equids (horses, ponies, donkeys, mules, hinnies) owned and wild/feral.
  2. Owned equines to be treated in accordance with the https://www.nfacc.ca/codes-of-practice developed and regularly reviewed under the auspices of the National Farm Animal Care Council.
  3. AEF recognizes that the Five Freedoms apply to all equines, owned, wild, and feral.
  4. Transportation in accordance with the Health of Animals Regulations for Animal Transport enforced by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and in accordance with any further provincial regulations.
  5. Euthanasia in accordance with Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Guidelines.

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