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Horse Welfare Statement

As a member of Standardbred Canada, it is your right and your responsibility to uphold the welfare, regardless of value, of horses you own or use or have in your care, and to ensure they are not subjected to abuse, neglect or mistreatment. STANDARDBRED CANADA is committed to:

  • Upholding the welfare of horses, regardless of value, as a primary consideration in all activities.
  • Requiring that horses be treated with kindness, respect and the compassion they deserve, and that they never be subjected to mistreatment.
  • Ensuring that owners, trainers, drivers and their agents use responsible care in the handling, treatment and transportation of their horses, as well as horses placed in their care for any purpose.
  • Providing for the continuous well-being of horses by encouraging routine inspection and consultation with health care professionals and competition/industry officials to achieve the highest possible standards of nutrition, health, comfort, sanitation and safety a matter of standard operating procedure.
  • Continuing to support scientific studies on equine health and welfare.
  • Increasing education in training and horsemanship practices.
  • Requiring owners, trainers, drivers and grooms to know and follow their sanctioning organization's rules and to work within industry regulations in all equine activities and businesses.
  • Reviewing, revising and developing rules and regulations that protect the welfare of horses.
  • The standard by which conduct or treatment will be measured is that which a reasonable person, informed and experienced in generally accepted equine practices, would determine to be neither cruel, abusive nor inhumane.

Animal Welfare & Standards
Standardbred Canada is dedicated to the humane treatment and welfare of horses. The cruel, abusive or inhumane treatment of a horse by any owner, trainer, driver, groom or other person must not be tolerated anywhere, under any circumstances.

  • Cruelty can be defined as intentionally causing pain or unnecessary discomfort to a horse. The standard by which such conduct or treatment will be measured, is that which a reasonable person, informed and experienced in generally accepted training and racing procedures, would determine to be cruel, excessive or inhumane.
  • Cruelty to a racehorse in competition must not be tolerated. Racetracks may consider further action such as prohibiting violators from further participation in racing. It is recommended every racetrack publish a statement in its program regarding its position on the abuse of horses and its commitment to the humane treatment and welfare of horses, with the penalties to be imposed for confirmed abuse of horses at the racetrack.

Codes of Practice
Standardbred Canada endorses the Recommended Codes of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines published by the National Farm Animal Care Council and can be accessed by clicking here or by visiting

Use of Horses in the Food Chain
Standardbred Canada is aware of the diverse nature of the equine industry and the vital role horses play in a sustainable agricultural economy at the provincial, national and international levels.

Standardbred Canada supports agricultural initiatives and recognizes that Canada's equine meat producers must adhere to industry standards with respect to transportation, feed lots and humane slaughter.

Standardbred Canada acknowledges that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency regulates the use of horse meat as part of the human and animal food chain.
Welfare regulations and standards can be found at the CFIA’s website:

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