Equine animals are transported in many different ways and for many different reasons, but ensuring their welfare during transportation should be a key priority for anyone involved in any aspect of the process.

Working in collaboration with a number of industry bodies, veterinary organisations and welfare groups, World Horse Welfare has produced two essential resources to support anyone involved in the transportation process.

Watering guidelines


‘Practical Guidelines on the Watering of Equine Animals Transported by Road’ follows extensive research and consultation from a range of industry experts, supported by the European Commission and sets out straightforward, user-friendly recommendations and best practice when transporting equines to avoid dehydration and its problematic consequences.

Clear and simple to use, the free guidelines are accessible to anyone involved in the horse transportation process regardless of pre-existing equine knowledge or experience. The advice, information and recommendations set out in the guidelines are designed to ensure a safe, straightforward and successful travelling experience for both transporters and the horses they are moving.

The full guidelines can be downloaded below or alternatively you can request a hard copy by contacting Kirsten Cooke via email: or by phone on: 01953 497232

Download the guidelines here

Fitness for transport guidelines

Fitness for Transport

‘Practical Guidance to Assess Fitness for Transport of Equidae’ was produced through a collaboration of agri-food, transport, veterinary organisations and animal welfare groups supported by the European Commission to set out clear and simple methods of assessing the fitness of equines for transport.

The guidelines follow extensive research and consultation by the stakeholder group and support a number of objectives including; helping maintain good health among animals and humans, reducing the risk of disease transmission and preventing animal suffering. The guidelines also support transporters in avoiding penalties, financial losses, and withdrawal of the transporter’s authorisation or driver’s certificate of competence.

The guidelines are available by registering via FVE (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe)