Horse welfare

The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 and Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2019 promote the welfare of horses in Victoria.

Provisions relating to horses include requirements to provide proper and sufficient:

  • food
  • water
  • shelter
  • veterinary treatment.

There are offences for causing pain or suffering to an animal, whether intentionally or through neglect.

The legislation also contains a range of prohibited or regulated activities, devices and procedures such as:

  • tail docking of horses
  • firing (thermocautery) of horses
  • use of twisted bits
  • electronic shock/static collars
  • electric prodders on horses
  • the use of horses in rodeos.

Contact the RSPCA if you are concerned about welfare of a horse

If you are concerned about the welfare of a horse/s please contact the RSPCA Victoria.

The RSPCA Victoria has primary responsibility for investigating horse welfare concerns under a memorandum of understanding with us.

Reports of animal cruelty can be made:

Page last updated: 22 Apr 2024