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

Body Condition Scoring Guide

Horse Identification

Plants Poisonous to Horses

Land transport standards for horses

National horse standards and guidelines from AHA

Australian Animal Welfare Strategy

Horse welfare news

Your comments and contributions are always welcome. Please address any feedback to the AHIC Office via our contact form on the right hand side of the site. You can also ring the office on 03 5222 6650. 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


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 ...

New study highlights impact of elastic resistance band training for horses

Many horses are affected by lameness and back problems, and these can be prevented or treated with training or ...

Is your horse naughty, or is he actually in pain? The answer is written all over his face …

Facial expressions research at the Animal Health Trust will help vets and owners recognise pain in ridden ...

Event rulebooks through the lense of horse welfare

Horse SA to host an online discussion to look at the new AHIC checklist for horse events – looking at ...

New Equine Welfare Program to give horses a life beyond racing

Racing Minister Grace Grace visited Doomben today to launch a new Animal Welfare Program which will give ...

ISES ’16: Understanding horses to improve training, performance and welfare

Most people agree that improving training methods will help to advance horse performance and welfare. With ...