Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) has a national programme to prioritise and promote the welfare of thoroughbreds.
This sees the national peak body and all state breeding associations adopt a set of agreed guidelines.
The guidelines, which outline the fundamental principles for the care of thoroughbred breeding stock, are believed to be the first such protocols adopted by a national breeding body anywhere in the world.
TBA president Basil Nolan said:
“We already have a very high standard of care for our horses in the breeding industry, but I believe it is important for the TBA to highlight the message that welfare needs to be at the heart of what we do.
“We are fortunate that Australia has the second largest breeding industry in the world, but we always need to look to ways to protect our future and I believe this initiative assists in that aim.”
The guidelines state:
· Horses should be provided with appropriate amounts of food and have access to quality drinking water.
· Handling should accommodate the horse’s behaviour and should be done in a calm manner.
· Horses should not be forced into positions or situations that cause unnecessary pain, harm or injury and no horse should be abused.
· Horses should not be subjected to submissive techniques that injure or harm.
· Sick and injured horses should be given appropriate care and medical attention in a timely manner in keeping with best practice. Where necessary, veterinary advice should be sought.