Horse Care Regulations

On August 31, 2022 the HRNZ Board approved the introduction of the Horse Care Regulations.

These regulations have been prepared following consultation with our owners, trainers and breeders through two rounds of consultation in January/February 2022 and June 2022.

The regulations were also consulted on with industry Veterinarians, the Racing Integrity Board, Ministry for Primary Industries, the National
Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals over the last eight months.

The regulations adopt the principles of the five domains model for animal welfare, and meet at least the minimum standards set out in the animal welfare legislation; the Animal Welfare Act and the Code of Welfare for Horses and Donkeys.

These regulations came into effect on October 1, 2022.

To see the new Regulations click here


Emergency Management Plan

If an emergency occurred on your own property, are you prepared.



When do I need to comply with the new regulations?

The Regulations come into effect on 1 October 2022.


Accountable Person

 Accountable Persons (Horse Care Regulations, regulations 3 & 15)For more information, please have a look at this educational module on the Accountable Person Regulation here. 3.


Body Condition Scoring

The body scoring scale used to assess horses.


Horse Facilities

Are my facilities suitable for horses? How will this be assessed?


Five Domains Model

What does the Five Domains model mean and how do they contribute to the Regulations?



When traveling your horse on long distances you should have a plan for how you are going to get to your destination.



What are considered treatments?


Ear & Whisker Triming

The trimming of inner ear hair and whiskers of a horse is not permitted.