Committees - Horse Welfare Committee


HORSE WELFARE COMMITTEE

Introduction

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




Current Membership

Chairman Mr Jamie STIER (AUS)
Vice Chairman Dr Paul-Marie GADOT (FR)

Members
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)

Ex-offico members
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

Preamble

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