Horse Welfare Alerts and Notices

When important notices are received from the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regarding national and infectious diseases affecting horses, it sends communications to the equestrian community and the media. To receive these notices, subscribe here.

Equestrian Canada has a wealth of Horse Industry and Welfare information on its website. Please take some time to visit their site and learn as much as you can about horse welfare.

Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada -  purpose is the dissemination of accurate information related to the Canadian horse industry to horse owners and the general public.
Department of Agriculture Regional Office Information and contacts -  purpose is to provide access to farm owners on programs and services offered through this department.

NS Emergency Management Office (EMO) Facebook page -  purpose is to provide current information on community/provincial emergencies such as extreme weather conditions

Livestock Transport in Canada-  purpose is to provide information to help you ensure that your horse is "fit for the trip".


 Bio-Security and Covid-19 Resources


Staying Physically Active During a Pandemic (click here)

Nova Scotia and Covid-19 (click here)

Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19 (click here)

Making Healthy Nutrition a Priority

(click here)


Business and Support

Webinar - Business Continuity Planning in a Pandemic for Coaches and Facilities (click here)

Caring for your horse during a pandemic (click here)

Education and decision making supports for the equine industry (click here)

NS Department of Agriculture Premise Identification Program (click here to register)


Agriculture Business Operating Credit Resources

RBC Farm Management Line of Credit (click here)

TD Agriculture Borrowing Solutions (click here)

Scotiabank Credit Line for Agriculture (click here)

Farm Credit Canada Agriculture Financing (click here)


NS Premise Identification Program

We are pleased to be partnering with the NS Department of Agriculture to provide members with the opportunity to register your farm/property under its Premise Identification Program. A nationally supported program, this cost-free service is open to anyone who has a farm animal on your property.  For more information and frequently asked questions can be found here

Members can complete an online application by clicking here.

Workshops and Seminars

Workshops and Seminars will be listed on our Calendar of Events as they are scheduled.  Some of the types of workshops we can offer are:

  • Horse Hauling Course

  • Equine Emergency Response Course

  • Bio-security Sessions

  • Coaching Clinics

If there are workshops you would like to see us host for the education of our members in the areas of Health & Welfare of Horses please contact us in writing by email or regular post.

Code of Practice for Equines

The Code of Practice, developed in partnership with the National Farm Animal Care Council and Equestrian Canada, is a fundamental guide and reference document promoting sound management and welfare practices in regards to responsible horse, pony, donkey and mule ownership, health management, feeding, housing, feedlot management, principles of training, euthanasia and other husbandry practices.

The Code makes clear the industry’s current requirements alongside recommended practices that encourage a higher level of care in order for the industry to strive for continuous improvement.

Overall, Codes of Practice serve three main purposes:

(1) educational tools;

(2) foundation documents for assessment programs;

(3) reference materials for regulations.

The Code clearly identifies “Requirements” as well as “Recommended Practices”. Requirements will refer either to a regulation or an industry imposed expectation. The Code’s Recommended Practices will further support the Requirements in conjunction with promoting education and the adoption of practices for continuous improvement in animal welfare outcomes.  Included in this document is a Body Condition Scoring for Horses and Ponies, found on page 67.


Danger Detective Online Initiative 

We have partnered with Equine Guelph and other major partners to launch the Danger Detective online!  

For more information see the link under Links and Directories on our webpage.


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