HORSE WELFARE COMMITTEE
Committees - Horse Welfare Committee
The Executive Council established the ‘Horse Welfare Committee’ in 2010 to take care of this crucial subject.
Terms of reference
To promote best practice, harmonisation and information exchange across Racing nations in all matters as they relate to the welfare of the horse, including establishing general guidance on and standards for the care and safety of horses.
To raise awareness amongst participants and third parties of horse welfare and establish permanent contact with welfare organisations;
To work with the International Movements of Horses Committee and the Advisory Committee on Prohibited Substances and Practices
Chairman Mr Jamie STIER (AUS)
Vice Chairman Dr Paul-Marie GADOT (FR)
Mr Matt IULIANO (US)
Dr Motoki ITO (JPN)
Dr Craig SUANN (AUS)
Dr Brian STEWART (HK)
Dr Alberto COSTA (ARG)
Dr Teresita ZAMBRUNO (ARG)
Dr Rick ARTHUR (US)
Dr Peter CURL (HK)
Dr Anthony KETTLE (Equine International Consultant, UAE)
Dr David SYKES (GB)
Dr Peter WEBBON (ISBC)
Mr Andrew HARDING (HK)
Mr Brian KAVANAGH (IRE)
Dr W Theodore HILL (IGSRV US)
Dr Roland DEVOLZ (IFHA)
Mr Andrew CHESSER (IFHA)
Dr Kanichi KUSANO (JPN)
IFHA Principles of Good Practice – Horse Welfare
The International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities (IFHA) affirms the central role of the horse in racing and accordingly regards the health and welfare of racehorses, in all stages of life, to be fundamental to the long term future and viability of the sport.
In line with their terms of reference to promote best practice, harmonisation and information exchange across Racing nations, the IFHA Horse Welfare Committee has produced documents on the ‘Principles of Good Practice’ as guidance on standards for the care and safety of horses in key areas as they relate to welfare. This guidance is to raise awareness amongst participants and third parties of appropriate standards of horse welfare in racing and breeding in areas that are vital to ensure the ongoing success of racing.
These documents provide a practical means to racing authorities to ensure that welfare is properly taken into account by all people in charge of horses at the different times of their life. They are a basis on which horse welfare can be introduced into the educational courses for jockeys and trainers, and in liaison owners and breeders, and with the Veterinary profession.
Racing authorities should rely on this guidance to establish accepted horse welfare practices in their jurisdiction, and to set minimum standards of participant behaviour, including behavioural change where necessary.
Monitoring of Racing Injuries and Fatalities
Activities to Minimise Injury and Optimise Horse Welfare
Veterinary Emergency Care Procedures
Emergency Euthanasia on a Racecourse
Aftercare of Racehorses
Use of the Whip