Code of Conduct
In 2013, World Dressage Masters approached ISES to
develop guidelines to ensure optimal horse and rider welfare and safety at
The resulting ISES Code of Conduct aligns with current
knowledge and understanding of the principles of equitation science, as
advocated by the International Society for Equitation Science (ISES) and
supported by World Dressage Masters.
Equitation science provides a means to promote an
objective, evidence-based understanding of the welfare of horses during
training and competition and uses a multidisciplinary approach to explain horse
training. Equitation Science applies valid, quantitative scientific methods
that can identify what training techniques are ineffective or may result in
equine suffering. This Code of Conduct highlights the most salient aspects
relating to ethical and welfare concerns and how these should be addressed
during competitive events by organizers, sponsors, riders, trainers, grooms and
other interested parties.
Both ISES and WDM hope that event organisers, officials, riders, trainers and spectators across the world will consider adopting the ISES Code of Conduct and help us develop it further through constructive feedback to ensure a welfare-driven, sustainable future for all horses.