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Equine Ethics And Wellbeing Commission Welfare Recommendations

1 year ago

21st April, 2023 10h34


‘A Good Life for Horses’ - FEI-appointed Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission submits Strategic Approach and 24 new Recommendations

A new Strategic Approach and 24 new Recommendations from the Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission (EEWB) for the FEI will be submitted and discussed at the FEI Sports Forum on Monday 24th April. They are now available to view on the Commission’s website at

Maintaining a ‘Social Licence to Operate’ requires an ongoing pro-active approach from the equestrian community through commitment to a trusted equine welfare strategy. The independent EEWB was founded in June 2022 to address equine welfare issues of public and equestrian concern to ensure the welfare of the horse is paramount, and Social Licence is maintained.

The Commission’s presentation at the April 2023 Sports Forum in Lausanne represents the second phase of its work, after conducting detailed surveys last summer of public opinion in 14 countries and almost 28,000 equestrians from 116 countries, and making initial six initial Recommendations at the FEI General Assembly last November in Cape Town.

The Strategic Approach being presented this month — entitled A Good Life For Horses — lists the core actions and objectives required to ensure that horses, specifically those involved in sport, lead a good life, and to ensure ongoing public and equestrian support.

The Commission has further drafted 24 Recommendations for the FEI to consider and discuss, and they will be presented on Monday 24th April by the Commission’s Chair, Professor Dr Natalie Waran (NZL). They include ways in which the FEI can lead in setting standards for equine welfare, embed equine welfare within its structure and ways of working, become more pro-active and transparent about horse involvement in sport, and be more open to external scrutiny.

Examples of the Recommendations that will be discussed include:

Prof Nat Waran says: “The Commission has worked hard to develop a proposed vision and strategic approach to ensure a ‘Good Life for Horses’ and to sustain equine participation in sport now and into the future. We are looking forward to engaging with equestrian stakeholders at the FEI Sports Forum to discuss the draft recommendations, and hearing different views about what we have proposed.”

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