COVID-19 UPDATES FOR THE EQUESTRIAN COMMUNITY
Return to Equestrian Activity Insurance Update for Facilities, Coaches, and Event Organizers
As we return to equestrian activity and look forward to other events/possible competitions, Mike King from CapriCMW discusses implications for insurance and suggested waivers in addition to your existing assumption of risk waivers. The Daily Covid-19 Attestation and Agreement is a sample document discussed by Mike King during the Q&A to be used every day a participant is attending any equestrian activity.
Agriculture Business Operating Credit Resources
Business and Family Support Resources
- Webinar - Business Continuity Planning in a Pandemic for Coaches and Facilities (click here)
- Caring for your horse during a pandemic (click here)
- Education and decision making supports for the equine industry (click here)
- NS Department of Agriculture Premise Identification Program (click here to register)
- Nova Scotia and COVID-19 (click here)
- Staying Physically Active During a Pandemic (click here)
- Making Healthy Nutrition a Priority (click here)
- Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19 (click here)
Online Games and Educational Resources
Horse Welfare Alerts and Notices
When important notices are received from the Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System or the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regarding national and infectious diseases affecting horses, it sends communications to the equestrian community and the media. To receive these notices, subscribe here.
Equestrian Canada has a wealth of Horse Industry and Welfare information on its website. Please take some time to visit their site and learn as much as you can about horse welfare.
Horse Welfare Alliance of Canada - purpose is the dissemination of accurate information related to the Canadian horse industry to horse owners and the general public
NS Premise Identification Program
NSEF is pleased to be partnering with the NS Department of Agriculture to provide members with the opportunity to register your farm/property under its Premise Identification Program. A nationally supported program, this cost-free service is open to anyone who has a farm animal on your property. For more information and frequently asked questions can be found here
Members can complete a an online application form by clicking here
Workshops and Seminars
Workshops and Seminars will be listed on our Calendar of Events as they are scheduled.
Some of the types of workshops we can offer are:
Trail Wardens Course
Horse Hauling Course
Equine Emergency Response Course
If there are workshops you would like to see NSEF host for the education of our members in the areas of Health & Welfare of Horses please contact us in writing by email or regular post.
Code of Practice for Equines
The Code of Practice, developed in partnership with the National Farm Animal Care Council and Equestrian Canada, is a fundamental guide and reference document promoting sound management and welfare practices in regards to responsible horse, pony, donkey and mule ownership, health management, feeding, housing, feedlot management, principles of training, euthanasia and other husbandry practices.
The Code makes clear the industry’s current requirements alongside recommended practices that encourage a higher level of care in order for the industry to strive for continuous improvement.
Overall, Codes of Practice serve three main purposes:
(1) educational tools;
(2) foundation documents for assessment programs; and
(3) reference materials for regulations.
The Code clearly identifies “Requirements” as well as “Recommended Practices”. Requirements will refer either to a regulation or an industry imposed expectation. The Code’s Recommended Practices will further support the Requirements in conjunction with promoting education and the adoption of practices for continuous improvement in animal welfare outcomes. Included in this document is a Body Condition Scoring for Horses and Ponies, found on page 67.
Danger Detective Online Initiative
NSEF has partnered with Equine Guelph and other major partners to launch the Danger Detective online!
For more information see the link under Links and Directories on our webpage.