“To protect the health and welfare of the horse” is one of the AAEP’s most important pursuits. Guided by its Equine Welfare Committee, the AAEP’s efforts include the development of guidelines that help veterinarians and the equine industry implement appropriate standards of humane care for the horse.
The association and its members also provide direct benevolent assistance to horses and charitable groups, including rescue and retirement facilities, international aid projects and emergency relief during natural disasters. Key industry initiatives, such as the Unwanted Horse Coalition and the Racing Medication & Testing Consortium, were formed from the AAEP’s sponsorship and commitment to equine welfare and practices in the best interest of the horse.
International Forum for the Working Equid (IFWE) - is an online forum for the sharing of information about working horses, donkeys and mules funded by the BEVA Trust, AAEP Foundation, The Brooke, The Donkey Sanctuary, SPANA and World Horse Welfare.