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Equine Welfare Policy

At Small Strides CIC, we prioritize the well-being of horses. Our focus is on Equine Facilitated Therapeutic Interventions, ensuring that healing and growth occur without compromising the welfare of both animals and humans involved. We address not only the physical needs of the horses but also their mental and emotional well-being.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 (“the Act”) requires you to ensure that any horse, pony, donkey or mule for which you are responsible, whether on a permanent or a temporary basis:

• has a suitable environment to live in;

• has a healthy diet (including fresh clean water)

• is able to behave normally;

• has appropriate company; and

• is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.

 

By adopting a Trauma Informed Approach to Equine Facilitated Interactions, we prioritize giving our horses a voice, choice, and consent in their interactions with us. This means allowing them to say no to our requests and actively listening to their responses.

We are highly trained Equine Professionals who can detect even the slightest signs of anxiety, fear, stress, or discomfort in our horses. We work extensively with them at liberty, giving them the freedom to say no and leave if they desire. In situations where they are haltered, we always have a trained facilitator or volunteer present to monitor their behavior. If any signs of stress arise during or before a session, we immediately stop what we are doing and provide support to the horse or return them to their safe space.

 

Our horses have a high quality of life, living on a track system with access to shelter, shade, and social engagement. We also recognize the impact of human behavior and emotions on the horses, striving to be aware of our own actions and adjust accordingly. We are committed to continuous learning and staying updated on the latest research in horse behavior, as getting to know these magnificent animals is an ongoing privilege.

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