HETI Ethical Guidelines

The HETI Ethical Guidelines were created as a result of feedback received from  HETI members during the Open Forum at the 2018 HETI International Congress held in Dublin, Ireland.  We listened to our members and decided to offer further time at the congress for those interested to meet and speak about how we could best approach the task. From this initial meeting a HETI Ethics task force was formed consisting of the following dedicated, experienced and knowledgeable members;

Dr. Anne Barnfield – Canada

Dr. Anita Shkedi – Israel

Dr. Alexandra Stergiou- Greece (HETI Vice President)

Carlos Ganzabal – Spain

Dna Wells – New Zealand

Gay Lewis – Australia

Harriet Laurie – UK

Roswitha Zink – Austria (Former HETI Executive Committee Member)

Roisin Brennan – Ireland (Former HETI Executive Director)

Since that first meeting the task force has worked tirelessly to bring you this document which it hopes will provide the benchmark of ethical practice for those offering services within the area of human and equine interactions.

Equine welfare guidelines have also been provided with the additional development of a HETI Equine Welfare Advisory Committee who will be able to further assist members in accessing up to date robust research outlining how we can best care for the equines who work alongside us. This ensures that the information we provide to members is related to science-based ways of handling and training horses.

It is important to note that this document is not intended to replace National Associations standards of best practice but instead the hope is that it will compliment these and provide an overarching ethical guide. This document is not static and will evolve and grow with regular evaluation and application of feedback received from members.

If you have any feedback or questions about the HETI Ethical Guidelines please contact office@hetifederation.org.