Code of Ethical Conduct for

Horses in Equestrian Tourism

Horse welfare is one of the most important principles in equestrian tourism. No ambition of the trainer, rider, horse owner or any other person can harm the horse.


In all disciplines of equestrian tourism, the horse must be recognized as a subject of primary importance (hereinafter, using the term “Horse” we mean any type of animal used as a means of transportation in equestrian tourism).

The welfare of the horse must be placed above the interests and needs of trainers, riders, owners, dealers, event organizers, sponsors and others.

The horse’s handling and level of veterinary care must ensure its health and well-being.

The highest standards of horse nutrition, health, sanitation and safety must be maintained and promoted at all times.

When transporting horses, it is necessary to provide conditions that meet all the requirements of keeping a horse: ventilation, feeding, watering and maintaining a healthy environment.

Great importance should be attached to increasing the level of education in the training process and in other types of sports and tourism practice. Research into equine health should be encouraged.

In the best interests of the horse, the suitability of the rider and his level of training must be considered as the most important considerations.

During events in all disciplines of equestrian tourism, as well as during training, it is necessary, first of all, to proceed from the fact that the horse is a living being and all approaches and techniques that are recognized by the International Federation of Equestrian Tourism (FITE) as harmful must be excluded from practice.

Regional federations, riding clubs and private farms are required to establish an appropriate system of control to ensure that all persons and organizations under their jurisdiction take care of the welfare of the horse.

Regional, national and international rules and regulations regarding the health and welfare of the horse must be adhered to not only during competition, but also during everyday training. To enhance the guarantee of the health and welfare of the horse, competition rules and regulations should be reviewed periodically.