LETHBRIDGE, AB. — Alberta’s Equestrian Federation (AEF) is taking pro-active action to ensure horses are cared for during the coming winter months.
It’s estimated Alberta is home to 33 per cent of Canada’s horse population – roughly about 320,000 horses. The equine industry is diverse and includes racing, sport, ranching, breeding, boarding, pleasure, recreation, and companion animals.
With that in mind, it’s known the COVID-19 pandemic is already causing financial distress on the equine industry in the province and there is likely to be a struggle this winter to provide basic care to horses.
A recent province-wide survey of the Alberta equine community, found one in five respondents said that they need help for their horses, donkeys or mules.