Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Horses in WA

Page last updated: Monday, 18 May 2020 - 1:39pm

The State Government recognises the importance of animal welfare to the community and strives to ensure that all animals receive appropriate standards of care. As companions and working animals, horses have an important place in the lives of many Western Australians.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, in consultation with experts in horse management, welfare and veterinary science, is developing Standards and Guidelines for the Health and Welfare of Horses in Western Australia. The document will set out the minimum standards that owners and people in charge of horses must respect, as well as guidance and relevant background information, with the objective of protecting and promoting horse health and welfare in Western Australia.

The information in this document will be based on current scientific knowledge and reflect, as appropriate, recommended industry practices and community expectations.

Having your say

As part of the process of developing these standards and guidelines, the department will seek input from stakeholders and the public. We plan to open the consultation process late this year. If you would like to be informed of progress on this important work, please email us at

Further information on reporting animal cruelty is available.


Rick Bryant