Welfare of equidae: code of practice

This guide covers all domesticated equidae for which a person is responsible, including all horses, ponies, donkeys and hybrids and details a set of principles underpinning equine care.

Appendix D: sources of information


  • Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006
  • The Farriers (Registration) Act 1975
  • Riding Establishments Acts 1964 and 1970
  • The Weeds Act 1959
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport and related operations
  • The Welfare of animals (Transport) (Scotland) Regulations 2006
  • Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005

Copies of the above legislation can be found online

Websites of relevant organisations

British Horse Society Scotland

World Horse Welfare

British Horse Society

Scottish SPCA

National Equine Welfare Council

The Pony Club

British Veterinary Association

British Equine Veterinary Association

The Farriers Registration Council

The Donkey Sanctuary

Humane Slaughter Association

Publications relevant to topics covered by the Code

Scottish Government Publication
Horse Passports: guidance for all horse owners
Guidance on How to Prevent the Spread of Ragwort

British Horse Society Publications:
The Complete Horse & Pony Care
BHS Guide to Grassland management
The BHS Complete Manual of Stable Management
The BHS Veterinary Manual
The BHS First Horse Owner Pack
The BHS Fire Safety in Equine Premises

BHS welfare leaflets covering a wide range of topics can be downloaded via the BHS website listed on the previous page follow the links to welfare then leaflets.

The Donkey Sanctuary
A Guide to Caring for your Donkey
The Professional Handbook of the Donkey

Pony Club Publications:
Manual of Horsemanship
Keeping a Pony at Grass

National Equine Welfare Council
Equine Industry Welfare Guidelines Compendium
Code of Practice for Markets and Sales involved with the selling of Horses, Ponies and Donkeys
Code of Practice for the Tethering of Horses, Ponies, and Donkeys
Code of Practice for Welfare Organisations involved in the keeping of Horses Ponies and Donkeys

British Equine Veterinary Association
Horse Care Guide

Further information

For further information relating to this Code please contact the Scottish Government Animal Welfare Policy Team, Tel No: 0300 244 6673
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