E.E.S.I. CODE OF CONDUCT
An E.E.S.I (Ethical Equine Sellers International) Accredited Equine Seller is one that believes in and strictly adheres to the E.E.S.I Code of Conduct.
When you are buying a horse from an E.E.S.I Accredited seller you are only presented horses in their natural fresh state and in an uncontrolled manner, rather than worked in, worn down, feed deprived, dominated and controlled by the rider. This means when you get your horse home and it freshens up it remains the same.
The old unethical practice of keeping horses in work and worn out, then presenting them for sale with the rider controlling their behaviour so appear quiet is one I have NEVER engaged in and thank God we are now moving forward from a bygone era as people learn true horsemanship again rather than simple force, control and domination.
A horse is not truly educated or truly quiet if it cannot be ridden fresh, on full energy feed, without lungeing or regular work on a loose rein uncontrolled by the rider in all paces.
The goal of this code is that buyers see horses as they truly are, not worked down, exhausted, on cool feed, lunged prior, wearing restrictive gear, drugged, controlled by the rider or beaten down.
Buyers have the right to see horses in their true normal state in order to know truly what they are buying. Therefore none of the below are permitted for any Ethical Equine Sellers International seller.
1. NO LUNGEING:
Horses offered for sale must not be lunged prior to being ridden in their training at any stage, or prior to being viewed or by potential purchasers, or prior to being video'd.
2. NOT WORKED DOWN:
Horses offered for sale must not be worked in or down in any way. They must be offered and maintained fresh physically and mentally and any viewings or videos be provided while the horses are in a fresh state only.
Working in includes being ridden daily or a few times per week to remain physically and emotionally subdued or prior to being video'd, photographed or viewed by buyers. One or 2 (maximum) light, easy rides per week is permitted. Horses must not be fatigued by these rides.
3. NO COOL FEED:
Horses must be offered for sale on full feed. Feeding cooling or low energy feeds is not permitted. The horses must be presented for sale, viewings and videos fresh and energetic only, without energy restrictions.
4. NO DRUGS:
Drugging of any kind to subdue, quieten or settle a horse or to change anything, whether it be physical, mental or otherwise, internal or external, while being offered for sale is not permitted in any way shape or form, including any natural herbs or aids of any kind, whether natural or not.
5. NO HARSH GEAR:
Horses must be presented for sale without any restrictive or harsh gear. Drop, grackle and hanovarian nosebands which tie the mouth closed are not permitted in any way. Cavesson nosebands are permitted only if fitted correctly; high on the nose and loose enough to fit 2 fingers in between the nose of the horse and the noseband easily.
Throat latches must be attached correctly, with 4 fingers width able to be placed between the horses cheek and the throat latch when done up. Bits must be no tighter than correctly fitted; maximum of 2 slight wrinkles on the corners of the horses mouth. Any other headwear must be loosely and comfortably fitted. Halters with pressure points on them (western style rope halters which have knots which sit on horses pressure points) are not permitted. Only soft snaffle bits are permitted if a bit is worn, no overly heavy saddles, martingales, spurs or whips are permitted. No other gear of any kind used to hinder or restrict horses in any way is permitted.
6. NOT CONTROLLED BY RIDER:
Horses must be presented for sale uncontrolled by the rider. Reins must not be controlling the horses movement. Even when the horse is actively being worked on the bit it must not be held there tightly with the reins. It must be shown how horses behave when the rider is not holding a contact on their mouth tightly. Horses must not be controlled by the rider, but shown how they manage themselves without rider interference and control.
This is to show buyers the horses true nature and training, rather than just showing their behaviour controlled and kept under wraps and management by a rider. If a horse is not quiet and well behaved when uncontrolled by the rider it is not truly quiet and well trained.
CODE OF CONDUCT