The American Farrier’s Association (AFA) is the latest organization to endorse the American Horse Council’s (AHC) Welfare Code of Practice.

The AHC Welfare Code of Practice is a broad set of principles designed to establish good welfare procedures for organizations to follow to “put the horse first.” The code outlines in broad strokes what principles organizations are committed to in breeding, training, competing, transporting, enjoying, and caring for their horses. The code encourages everyone to consider their horses’ health, safety, and welfare in all aspects of their activities, including the social and ethical issues.

“The American Farrier’s Association strongly supports the principles of the American Horse Council’s Welfare Code of Practice,” said Beth Daniels, executive director for the AFA. “Our mission statement clearly indicates the AFA’s commitment to good stewardship of the horse, and our support of the AHC Welfare Code of Practice is a natural extension of that commitment.”

The AHC’s code is not intended to supersede an organization’s rules or regulations. Any organization’s more specific rules still govern activities sanctioned and regulated by the organization. Rather the code is a compliment to any such rules and restates the principles to be followed by breed registries, trade associations, various disciplines, and the horse community as a whole in pursuing their equine activities.

To review the AHC Welfare Code of Practice, a list of the 52 organizations