Welfare and well-being


Advocating for continuous improvement in horse welfare is an important part of Horse SA’s work.


Popular educational resources developed include ‘Natural paddocks, un-natural behaviours’ and ‘Tips for the care of confined horses


In recent years workplace safety educational events have included horse welfare as it relates to the work, sport or recreational employee and volunteer work context.


Past projects coordinated by Horse SA include the Australian Horse Welfare & Well-being Toolkit, Australian Horse Welfare Protocol, Welfare pocket-guide, and the AHIC welfare check-list for organisations.

A paradigm shift from care to welfare'- interview with Professor Emeritus David Mellor with Horses and People Magazine.


Educational resources

Resources developed for horse owners, notes from workshops, webinar recordings and PowerPoint presentations are available for free online access from the following platforms:
Horse SA warehouse (old website)

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The Five Domains Model


This image is representational of The Five Domains model designed to assist in assessing animal welfare. It is now in use by a range of animal sectors including Zoos.

World Horse Welfare has translated the images for sharing with horse and donkey owners in China in a new program announced in 2018.


Download Reference: Operational Details of the Five Domains Model and Its Key Applications to the Assessment and Management of Animal Welfare 

or here https://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/7/8/60


Download images

Five Domains PDF file (English)
Five Domains PDF file (Chinese)

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The 5 Domains Model - Table CN FINAL - B
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Horse Welfare - circle diagram RGB A3. B
Social riding with hounds

Social riding with hounds

Adelaide Hunt Club



Southern Vales Dressage Club, Aldinga. Photo PYT Equine Photography

Endurance riding

Endurance riding

Northern Adelaide beaches Photo Shirley Ellis

Victor Harbor, South Australia Horse drawn tram

Horse industry

Horse industry

Trail riding

Trail riding

Gawler Trail Horse Riders Club. Beltana Station, Flinders Ranges. Photo: Tamara Godfrey

Events, shows, festivals

Events, shows, festivals

Australian International Three Day Event



The Kidman Trail, McLaren Vale Photo: Michael Mullen

Thoroughbred racing

Thoroughbred racing

Port Lincoln Racecourse Photo: M.Coles


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