Appaloosa Horse Club of Nova Scotia


We, as members of the Appaloosa Horse Club of Nova Scotia, a regional club of the Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada, do undertake to abide by and actively support the following codes of conduct:

  • We will encourage and promote knowledge in the care, protection, handling, welfare and enjoyment of horses with emphasis on professional ethics and sportsmanship, taking into account the condition of the horses, their state of health and their well being.
  • We will treat and endeavour to see that all horses are treated humanely with honour, dignity, kindness, respect and compassion. We will abide neither cruel, abusive nor inhumane treatment. A horse should never be subject to mistreatment.
  • We will exercise due care in seeing to the safety of the horse and rider. Equipment and obstacles shall be sensible and suitable both in the show ring and in the warm up area. Great care will be taken to ensure safety in handling, treatment and transportation.

We will endeavour to overcome the use and application of the following: 

  • Medications & Forbidden Substances
  • If a horse appears sullen, dull, lethargic, emaciated, drawn or overly tired, it should not be shown or worked.
  • If a horse shows obvious signs if illness, i.e. runny nose, distinct lameness, it should not be shown or worked.
  • There should be nothing internal or external given which could affect the performance or appearance of the horse--including but not limited to any medications, drugs, mechanical devices, artificial appliances, any forbidden or foreign substances, i.e. drugs, medications, any metabolites or derivatives thereof, stimulants, depressants, tranquilizers, local anesthetics, or any drugs which could interfere with the detection of a prohibited drug.
  • Includes trauma or trauma inducing devices and surgical alteration of any type. Use of inhumane training techniques, equipment, methods, and/or mechanical devices.
  • Any object in a horse's mouth that could or does cause undue discomfort or distress, i.e. the mouth, nose or jaw shows any broken rawness and/or bleeding.
  • Tying a horse in a manner so as to cause discomfort or distress whether in a stall, trailer or when longeing or riding.
  • Use of inhumane methods such as but not limited to poling, jump poles, tack poles, striking horses legs with any objects.
  • Letting of blood from a horse.
  • Use of item or appliance to restrict movement or circulation of a tail.
  • Intentional inhumane treatment which results in broken skin or bleeding.
  • Excessive use of quirt, bat, whip, rope, riding crop or spurs.
  • Use of inhumane equipment including but not limited to saw tooth bits, hock hobbles, tack collars, tack hackamores, jerklines, tiedowns and nosebands with bare metal in contact with horses head, draw reins.
Artificial Appliances Defined as follows but not limited to: 

  • Wired ears, set tails, surgically altered tails or ears, false manes or tails or any real or false hair attached anywhere in any manner.
  • Use of substances to enhance performance, i.e. Ginger.
  • Use of chains, rattlers, rollers, to affect way of going.

Take action 

Should a member witness any of, or any indication of, the above or any other abuse of a horse or horses, it is to be reported to the appropriate authorities, i.e. show management, board of directors, a qualified veterinarian or the SPCA.