The Pony Club takes the health & welfare of horses and ponies extremely seriously. We focus on the highest standards of equine welfare and veterinary care.
Listed below will find guidance and downloads for veterinary cover, vaccinations and equine welfare below, further details can be found in the Health & Safety Rule Book.
Equine Welfare Policy
Under the Animal Welfare Acts, every owner or person responsible for an animal has a duty of care to ensure the animal’s well-being. The full policy is under review and will be made available soon.
For all Pony Club activities the organiser must undertake a risk assessment to determine the levels of veterinary cover required. This would be based on the nature of the event, the location and complexity of the site, the number of Members attending with their horses and other significant factors, to define if they need to have a Veterinary Surgeon present, or it is sufficient to use “on call” arrangements.
The recommended level of cover for Pony Club activities are given in Appendix A2 – Veterinary Cover Matrix (download below). However, as a result of the risk assessment, the cover for Pony Club activities may be amended to suit the size and complexity of the venue.
British Equestrian Equine Health Week
Started in 2022, British Equestrian Launched Equine Health Week taking place in November. The purpose of the week is to provide educational information direct from experts and useful downloads.
These can be found to support your club here CLICK HERE
2022, saw the topic of general health including bio security at home and when attending events along with diseases.