Horse owners have a responsibility for the welfare of their horses, including ensuring they have a suitable environment to live in; a healthy diet including fresh, clean water; are able to exhibit natural behaviours; are free from pain and disease; and has appropriate companionship.
Horses, ponies, donkeys and mules bring us so much joy, but ownership is a long term commitment, both in terms of time spent caring for your horse and financially.
The government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) created a Code of Practice for horse ownership to outline what the law requires horse owners to do to meet their horse’s needs and fully understand the horse’s welfare needs.
How to provide a suitable environment for your horse
How to provide a suitable diet for your horse
Body Condition Scoring – Horses and Donkeys
How to provide for the behavioural needs of your horse
How to provide the right companionship for your horse
How to keep your horse healthy and protect them from pain, suffering, injury and disease.
It also provides information on horse tethering and passports, the latter of which is requirement for all horses under British law.
Should you have any questions or would like more information, Bransby Horses offer free, non-judgemental advice and support covering an array of different subjects promoting the proper care of equines.