European Equestrian Federation launches survey on at-home horse welfare

  • 19 March 2024, 09:02

Horse welfare has always been the key priority for the EEF, and for Horse Sport Ireland, and in the last months, several examples of poor horse welfare in a training environment have been exposed.

The EEF has observed with dismay and has made it their highest priority to support member organisations to take swift action and re-focus on the kind of behaviours we all expect of equestrianism in Europe.

To properly counter these issues going forward, it is important to first assess the current landscape, the attitudes and opinions within the industry and understand whether these issues are widespread.

With this information, support for National Federations can create practical initiatives to counter these unacceptable behaviours.

For this purpose, a survey has been designed with the support of World Horse Welfare, for completion by the wider equine industry. All answers are anonymous and will be used to better inform us of the current situation.

The answers will be analysed and carried forward to a panel discussion in cooperation with World Horse Welfare, the International Grooms Association, our member National Federations and international rider club stakeholders to properly discuss and consider how the EEF, as Europe’s equestrian community, can stamp out abusive training practices and any notion that they can be acceptable in today’s sport. This is vital to strengthen trust with those both inside and outside our sport.