Horse Welfare

palomino horseThis section of the AHIC website has been developed to provide horse owners and industry workers with up to date information on Horse Welfare in Australia.

Information is available on:

Australian Horse Welfare and Well-Being Toolkit

Pocket Guide for Horse Organisations

Australian Horse Welfare Protocol

Horses in Hot Weather

Horse Identification

Plants Poisonous to Horses

Land transport standards for horses

National horse standards and guidelines from AHA

Horse welfare news

Your comments and contributions are always welcome. Please address any feedback to the AHIC Office via our contact details on the right hand side of the site.  Your opinion is valued, and we are happy to discuss any aspects of the Code with you.


Further information on horse welfare

The Department of Agriculture (Victoria) has a range of information on Horse Welfare including:

  • Horse management
  • Caring for horses in emergencies
  • Legislation
  • Horse welfare

Visit the Horses page at the Department of Agriculture

The Department of Primary Industries (NSW) has a range of information on Horse Welfare including:

  • Horse feeding and nutrition
  • Health and disease – general health
  • Health and disease – poisonous plants
  • Management
  • Welfare

Visit the Horses page at the Department of Primary Industries (NSW)


Research on Horse health and welfare

Research on issues affecting the Thoroughbred Industry is conducted by Agrifutures Australia (formerly Rural Industries Research and Development Corp RIRDC). The site has publications available for purchase (hardcopy) or free download (PDF) on horse health issues including:

  • Hendra virus
  • Laminitis
  • Feeding and nutrition
  • Worm resistance
  • EAFL
  • Inflammatory Airway Disease
  • Equine medication information sheets

Visit the Horses page at AgriFutures


Horses working in therapeutic riding programs do not experience additional stress

In the United States, therapeutic horseback riding offers equine-assisted therapy to diverse populations, ...

First step towards lightening the load for horses

Last week (4 – 8 September) researchers took the first step towards tackling the issue of rider weight, ...

Potential new indicator of chronic stress in horses

Cortisol is generally considered to be a stress hormone because its levels rise during episodes of acute ...

RSPCA Vic releases animal cruelty data: horse reports down 31%

RSPCA Victoria has today released state-wide animal cruelty report data for 2016-2017. Dr Liz Walker, CEO of ...

Survey reveals why WA horses are saddled with tooth decay

Horses fed oaten hay are almost three times more likely to develop tooth decay according to a new study at The ...

Survey into eating habits of Australian horses

A landmark survey by a Charles Sturt University (CSU) Bachelor of Science (Honours) student aims to shed light ...

Equine welfare collaboration in the UK with Dr Nic de Brauwere

Open to staff from all levels of government, veterinarians, managers of formalized non-profit horse welfare ...

Talking Horses with Dr Nic de Brauwere (UK)

Do you ride, train or care for horses or have a property or business with horses and people coming and going? ...

Heard the joke asking a horse ‘why the long face?’

Well Dr Sue Dyson and her team are proving that a horse’s facial expression can be no laughing matter. Latest ...

Victorian man given lifetime horse ban

In a landmark ruling, a Victorian man has been banned for life from owning horses after being found guilty of ...