Equine Cruelty 101

Equine Cruelty 101
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-11-12
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Equine Cruelty 101
Unit 2 Recording: Equine Cruelty 101

Equine husbandry standards vary based on geography, housing, size, age, and a host of other factors. Appreciating the unique welfare needs of horses that are involved in suspected criminal neglect situations is imperative to the type and timing of a chosen intervention. In Equine Cruelty 101, we will lay the foundation for potential enforcement options by taking a deeper dive into basic identification of the horse and the necessary standards of care. We will also explore conditions associated with neglect and how what factors may contribute to their presence.


  • Types of cruelty: omission and commission
  • Basic Equine Identification, breed and color
  • Standards of Care
  • Conditions that can result from neglect

Resources Mentioned During This Webinar:


Audience Comments:

  • “I really liked the breakdown and picture showing the difference in healthy hoof vs poor hoof health.” — Awbrei
  • “I didn’t know the different age terms for horses, even though I have taken several horse trainings.” — Christina
  • “Great overview of equine cruelty investigations! Nice general information that should give ACOs/HCIs a good basis for the initial investigation of horse calls. Thank you for providing this webinar!” — Jenne
  • “It was a great refresher on equine care and handling. Helped remind me of what to look for when I do inspections!” — Melissa
  • “The most valuable thing I learned was what type of questions to ask during an investigation.” — Sara
  • “Such an important topic, I appreciate you offering it as a webinar. Overall, a great refresher for me and I learned a better way to describe why round bales are not suitable for horses (but are for cattle, sheep, and goats). I found the pictures of damaged, overgrown teeth helpful, too. Also, the reason we should not assign a BCS and instead use descriptions. Most importantly, follow up with the owner’s vet for verification.” — Michelle


** This webinar has been certified by the National Animal Care and Control Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Current NACA Members who attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Animal Care & Control Association logo.
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