1.The EAFPN supports all practitioners who include
Equines as part of their facilitation team and to continuously improve the
welfare standards relating to their Equine partners in the UK and Globally.
2. The EAFPN supports EVERY Equine working as part of any facilitation team to be treated with respect, compassion, understanding and dignity.
3. The EAFPN supports a mindful approach when asking our Equines to work with varying client communities and for practitioners be aware of subtle cues/signs which might indicate discomfort or distress in the Equines and to act accordingly to mitigate this impact immediately.
4. The EAFPN supports the practical aspects of Equine care including (but not exclusively) Environment, Veterinary, Farriery/Podiatry, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Massage, Worming and Feeding and other therapeutic interventions based on health and wellbeing..
5. The EAFPN supports any Equine undergoing any form of Veterinary treatment whatsoever should not be included in any client session until such time as the Vet can issue a satisfactory health certificate or notice.
6. The EAFPN recognises that Equines respond to the energy, emotions and intentions of clients and as such periods of rest must be factored into any programme.
7. The EAFPN is aware of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (England and Wales) and the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 which lays down the five basic needs of all protected animals (Equines included):-
a. Need for a suitable environment
b. Need for a suitable diet
c. Need to be able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
d. Need to be housed with, or apart, from other animals
e. Need to be protected from pain, suffering, injury or disease (in Scotland: suffering, injury and disease)