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RESPONSIBILITES OF HORSE AGISTMENT. WHO DOES WHAT?

Horses on agistment: Who is responsible?

By Greg McDougall, Animal Welfare Unit

Horse in a paddock
Horse grazing in a paddock.

Under the Animal Care and Protection Act 2001, if you are in charge of horses you have a legal obligation (a duty of care) to provide for the horses´ needs.

This includes providing appropriate:

  • food and water
  • accommodation
  • treatment for disease and injury
  • opportunity to display normal patterns of behaviour
  • handling.

When agisting a horse, both the owner of the horse and the owner of the property may have a duty of care to the horse. If you are currently agisting or considering agisting a horse it is important to understand your responsibilities.

Find out more about duty of care and agistment.

March 27th, 2011
Topic: AGISTMENT, ANIMALS & STOCK, Horses Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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