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 Post subject: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 10:24 am 

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I'm trying to construct a sort of compendium of codes of practice for horse owners/establishments. Can anyone direct me to websites with this info. for their respective countries? There's such a wealth of different nationalities here! I have info for the UK and the new swiss stuff..........what else can we rustle up?
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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:21 am 
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Not sure if this is the sort of thing you are after but this link take you to DEFRA's (department for environment food and rural affairs) code of practice for the welfare of equines.

http://www.defra.gov.uk/corporate/consult/welfare-equines-cop/consultation.pdf

Hope it helps. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 11:43 am 
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Just to get it straight, of each country you want the national laws concerning animal welfare?

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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 12:14 pm 

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I should have made it clearer, sorry. No, not all the animal welfare laws, just regulations &/or guidelines (like the DEFRA one, thanks for that - I had the Scottish one and forgot DEFRA) for people who own horses or own /run horse establishments, stables, livery etc. Some documents are guidelines (i.e., non-enforceable) and some are actually regulations, enforceable at some level. In Spain there is no existing code of practice - just regulations over sports disciplines and general animal welfare law, so there are some grey areas!
The general EU guidelines are vague, and horses often fall between categories, depending on what they are used for.
For instance, do riding establishments in peoples' countries have to pass some sort of inspection? must they be accredited by some organisation? Are the regulations horse-oriented or chiefly about human safety/insurance? etc? Are there recommendations about turn-out, feeding, tack?......that sort of thing.
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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 1:33 pm 
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I won't have time finding it out now before I leave for Africa, but I'll look it up when I return. (hopefully there is an english text)

There aren't much regulations for horses in Belgium (more for the owners and human safety etc.)

But I know this is going to change real soon!
I think the stableling days are over.

Also I know that in Germany, barb wire is forbidden, which is cool!
Germany has the best animal welfare laws I think, they even have a statue for all the lab animals that have died and suffered... lot of good it will do them but still...

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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 2:02 pm 

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Splendid, thank you - this will take me some time, so don't worry!
Is there any news of the proposed changes in Dutch legislation/ federation regulations re. bitless, etc, that someone posted about a short time ago? - I'd really like to include that!
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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:40 pm 
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in our country they are are making a new one with a special part for horses.
It is not finished yet, but when it is available i will put it over here. I have already wrote a little part about this new issue of horses in a other topic.
Some people in the parliament wanted to make it also a europeean wide, but i think that will take some more time :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 3:44 pm 
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Do you have a link towards the information? Even if it is in dutch, people here can translate the page.

I am so excited about this!
When I return I shall write to the gouvernment here again. Hopefully they are done fighting over some language issues... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 6:37 pm 
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Not sure if you would have looked at this or not but have you checked out the British horse Society website? I'm sure they should have lots of codes of practices regarding various aspects of horse care etc...

I know they have a code of practice regarding horse shows....might be worth trawling their site for anything else that might be of interest.

http://www.bhs.org.uk/content/default.asp

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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Nov 12, 2008 7:58 pm 

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Thanks to all! I'm really looking forward to this Dutch document - hands up, translators! Keep the info flowing!
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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 10:22 am 

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Still hoping for the Dutch info..............plus any others...
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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 2:38 pm 
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I haven't any time at the moment, but maybe you can start from here:
http://www.belgium.be/en/

It is very hard to find anything on animalwelfare from the gouvernment in Belgium as it is of course 'not very important'....

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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 3:24 pm 
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I found thinx in Dutch or French, but English is a disaster.

I would contact
Christine Defraigne

http://www.senate.be/www/?MIval=/Regist ... 92&LANG=nl

I do not know if she is still a senator, but in any case, she validaded the law, I think, that made sure abused animals were allowed to be brought to a safe home or institution untill the abuser was brought to justice and trialed.

And also, I think that GAIA can tell you anything you want to know:
http://www.gaia.be/en/control.php?&topg ... groupname=

That is all I can come up with for now...

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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 8:13 pm 
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Hi Rita:

Don't know if this would be helpful, but ARIA (American Riding Instructors Association) has a certification process:

http://www.riding-instructor.com/index.php

They have different certification specialties, including stable management:

http://www.riding-instructor.com/certif ... alties.php

There's not a huge amount of specific information on their website, but they may be wiling to share some of their languaging with you if you asked?

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 Post subject: Re: Codes of Practice
PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:05 am 

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Very many thanks to all.............
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