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BEF Charter for the Horse: A unified welfare approach

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By Jean Llewellyn / press release

The British Equestrian (BEF), its 19 member bodies, and associated industry leaders have united to commit to endorse the highest standards of equine welfare, wellbeing and ethics under a new ‘Charter for the Horse’, launched in early March.

The Charter for the Horse was developed with BEF stakeholder groups to be adopted across the equestrian industry by all who have a connection to horses and equids. Under the six headings of empathy, care, respect, consideration, ethics, and learning, the Charter outlines actions we must observe to guarantee that the individual mental, physical, and behavioural needs of our horses are met.
The Charter encompasses the essence of the FEI Equestrian Charter, composed by the Fédération Équestre Internationale’s (FEI) independent Equine Ethics and Wellbeing Commission (EEWC) and released at the FEI Sport Forum in April 2023. This edition covers international equestrian sport, while the British Equestrian version is presented for everyone in Britain who interacts with horses, at every level and in any activity for sport, hobby or leisure. Existing principles, codes and guidance from across the member bodies were distilled into a document that all equestrians can unite under and pledge to work to the values and principles outlined.
Carl Hester, one of Britain’s most successful equestrians with 15 championship medals to his credit and a leading advocate for equine wellbeing, added his endorsement to the Charter; “I’m delighted to see the release of this Charter – it’s such a positive move for our industry and unites us under one common aim... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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