The Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines was released in 2013.

There are various ways to view the Code:

  • HTML version (or select from the Table of Contents below)
  • PDF version (1.9 MB)
  • EPUB (please note that you will need an application on your device [phone or tablet] to download and open the book)

There are a limited number of hard copies of this Code. NFACC encourages use of the electronic version and does not store hard copies. If hard copies are required, please contact Equine Canada.

Other resources:

Table of Contents




Section 1 Duty of Care

Section 2 Facilities and Housing

Section 3 Feed and Water

Section 4 Health Management

Section 5 Feedlot Management

Section 6 Husbandry Practices

Section 7 Reproductive Management

Section 8 Transportation

Section 9 Change or End of Career

Section 10 Euthanasia



Appendix A - Template Budget for Horse Ownership

Appendix B - Sample Water Intakes

Appendix C - Vital Signs in Horses and Donkeys

Appendix D - Body Condition Scoring - Horses and Ponies

Appendix E - Body Condition Scoring - Donkeys and Mules

Appendix F - Key Points for Owners of Donkeys or Mules

Appendix G - Understanding Flight Zone, Point of Balance and Field of Vision

Appendix H - Transport Decision Tree

Appendix I - Anatomical Landmarks for Euthanasia

Appendix J - Technical Guidelines for Euthanasia Methods

Appendix K - Resources for Further Information

Appendix L - Participants

Appendix M - Summary of Code Requirements

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