NEW 2021 Updates

Equestrian Competition /Events during Covid-19 Restrictions - Guidelines and Documents

 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.


Return to Equestrian Activity Preparation Resources

As we return to equestrian activity, restrictions must still be followed to ensure compliance. 

By preparing now, you will be ready to implement your return to activity plan.  Resources and tools to assist you with this plan can be found in this section. As with all other Covid-19 rules and regulations, we not have the authority to overrule or ignore. 

NSEF/Equestrian Canada COVID-19 Communication

  • Recommendations for Equine Farms & Equestrian Facilities  (click here)


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)

Staying Healthy 

  • 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:

  • Horse Hauling Course

  • Equine Emergency Response Course

  • Bio-security Sessions

  • Coaching Clinics

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.

Download your copy now



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.