Equine Health & Welfare Strategy Review

The Equine Sector Council was formerly known as the Equine Health & Welfare Strategy Group. This Group was formed in order to develop and action the Equine Health & Welfare Strategy which was launched in 2007 and reviewed annually. During one of these reviews, it became apparent that industry priorities were not reflected in the Strategy as it stood, so a review was carried out which realigned the Strategy on a risk (likelihood x impact) basis, with the most highly rated risks taking priority. The matrix below reflects the current standing of the risks within the Strategy, with order of priority from red to amber to green. It also reflects how the categorisation of each risk has changed as the bi-annual reviews happen.

By visiting the Health & Welfare Strategy detail page, you will be able to find out what all the current risks are, their risk rating, the organisations which have volunteered to assist with the mitigation of these risks, and links to their own websites where you can find out more.

Thank you for your interest in the work of the Equine Sector Council.


All Areas

Liklihood 3 - High Endemic disease
Duplication, Confusion and Conflicting Information Within the Equine Sector

Food chain compromise

Inappropriate methods of working and training horses

Infectious endemic disease

Lack of Consultation on Legislation

Lack of Funding for Equine Research

No Research into Impact of Education on Hard to Reach Audiences

Public confusion over trusted sources of information & signposting

Stray horses
Ineffectiveness of Medicines

Lack of Effective Central Database


Over breeding of low value, poor quality animals

Poor Identification and Data on Location of Animals
2 - Medium Lack of Coordination of Training and Qualifications
Delay in euthanasia

Lack of Knowledge and Skills in Those Choosing not to Engage. Lack of Takeup of Educational Qualifications & CPD

Poor breeding practices

Poor horse keeping practices

Poor transport practices

Reduction in veterinary insurance cover

Variation in Professional Training Standards
Availability of critically important antimicrobials

Exotic disease

Lack of Engagement of Enforcement Authorities and Delegation of Responsibilties
1 - Low Lack of Capacity for Controlling Risk

Poor horse keeping practices
  1 - Low 2- Medium 3 - High

Red 17 (+1)
Amber 10 (0)
Green 1 (-1)
Total 28 (0)
2013 (Jan-Jun)
Red 16 (+6)
Amber 10 (-2)
Green 2 (+1)
Total 28 (+5)
Red 10 (0)
Amber 12 (0)
Green 1 (0)
Total 23 (0)