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Equine Welfare

“To protect the health and welfare of the horse” is one of the AAEP’s most important pursuits.  Guided by the Welfare & Public Policy Advisory Committee, the AAEP’s efforts include the development of guidelines that help veterinarians and the equine industry implement appropriate standards of humane care for the horse.

The association and its members also provide direct benevolent assistance to horses and charitable groups, including rescue and retirement facilities, international aid projects and emergency relief during natural disasters.  Key industry initiatives, such as the Unwanted Horse Coalition and the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium, were formed from the AAEP’s sponsorship and commitment to equine welfare and practices in the best interest of the horse.


AAEP Equine Assistance Programs

Unwanted Horse Veterinary Relief Campaign

AAEP Foundation Equine Disaster Relief Fund


Educational Resources

Transitioning the Retired Racehorse 

Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities - Updated 2012 


Equine Abuse, Neglect and Abandonment Resources

The Veterinarian's Role in Assessing Risk and Reporting Suspected Equine Neglect, Abuse and Mistreatment (PowerPoint presentation)

FAQs: Equine Cruelty, Abuse and Neglect

A Practical Guide for Law Enforcement: Equine Abuse, Neglect and Mistreatment (PowerPoint presentation)