That the USHJA CODE OF CONDUCT FOR HORSE
USHJA expects that every person involved in
showing horses adheres to the USHJA Code of Conduct for the
welfare of the horse:
Horses are one of only a few animals used as
athletes, often required to undergo extensive training before
reaching their physiological or psychological limits as
competitive individuals. Under these circumstances, decisions
about horse welfare may be strongly influenced by the potential
benefits to the rider, the owner or trainer. Therefore, all
equestrians must acknowledge and accept that at all times the
welfare of the horse is the first priority and must never be
second to competitive, personal, or commercial influences.
The well-being of the horse takes precedence over
the demands of trainers, riders, owners, organizers, sponsors or
Competition management must always consider the
horses’ welfare relative to the competition and schooling areas,
ground surfaces, weather conditions, stabling, equipment and
other related site safety issues.
Adequate provisions must be made for ventilation,
feeding, watering, and maintaining a healthy environment when
horses are stabled on competition grounds.
In the interest of the horse, the competence of
the rider is considered essential.
The highest level of veterinary care available
must be provided at all levels of competition.
USHJA will establish adequate controls in order
that all persons and bodies respect the welfare of the horse.
Emphasis will be placed in increasing education
in training and equestrian practices and promoting scientific
studies in equine health.
USHJA urges its members to pursue the highest
level of horsemanship by continued education through clinics at
all levels. The USHJA Horse Welfare Committee is dedicated to
bringing the best horsemanship ideas together, throughout the
United States, in an effort to promote understanding and fair
treatment of horses at every opportunity.
Open Letter to Trainers on Horse Welfare
(by the USHJA Horse Welfare Committee)
USHJA would like to take this opportunity to ask
each of you to help us spread the message of horse welfare.
Horse welfare is a topic that must be of utmost importance to
everyone involved in the horse industry. From caring for our
equine partners at home to competing at horse shows, we ask that
as trainers you help us set the gold standard of horse welfare.
Trainers play a vital role in the care and
maintenance of our horses. As such riders, owners and spectators
look t the trainers to learn what is acceptable. We ask that all
trainers help our industry by promoting solid practices of horse
welfare. Some examples of what riders, owners and spectators are
exposed to are longeing, bathing and general care of the animal.
By communicating the proper methods of simple everyday
activities such as longeing and bathing (e.g., not continuing to
lounge until a horse is lathered; avoiding spraying the horse in
the face with the hose), you can help spread the message of
proper horsemanship and thereby promote the idea of horse
It is the responsibility of every trainer to set
an example for those looking for guidance. As trainers, you are
the mentors of this industry. Together we must protect the
horses; as horsemen, it is our job.
Reproduced with permission from USHJA Resource
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