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15-05-2006 - Guidelines Welfare of Horses Guidelines „Welfare of horses” (Draft paper)

This paper is available in pdf format.

Introduction
These guidelines are a result of cooperation of (all) sport and breeding associations, acknowledged horse welfare associations and equine veterinary profession across Europe. They are the outcome of a review of guidelines, recommendations, expertises and laws available around Europe. There might exist even more regulations in Europe then this paper refers to. Nevertheless their overall aim is the welfare of horses. The best way to improve welfare is by giving information and education to all of those who are responsible for horses e.g. Therefore these guidelines are meant to set the minimum requirements for the keeping of horses and for those, who are responsible for horses.

Although these guidelines do not replace national laws, they can be helpful for implementing horse welfare on a European harmonized basis. Additionally these guidelines may be a useful tool for all who take care for horses, on pleasure or professional basis/reasons and for those who have to make decisions about welfare of horses.

In this paper the following subjects are discussed:
Introduction
General Principles
General Requirements: demands due to the nature of the horse (Including remarks about different breeds, different climate conditions)
Social contacts and social behavior
Movement
Feeding
Stable climate
Body care: hoof care
Types of keeping and housing
Requirements to the keeping of horses
Performance establishment
Medication, prophylaxis, therapy
Keeping a horse in his old age
Transport
Identification, Horse Passport and export/import
Literature

This paper is available in pdf format.

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