Westover vets with Redwings's Nicolas de Brauwere at our recent castration day
A generous grant received from the Elise Pilkington Charitable Trust will allow the BHS to run at least four castration clinics, gelding around 80 horses and contributing to the fight against equine overpopulation.
The clinics mean potentially thousands of fewer foals being born over the next decade and beyond – foals that would have added to overpopulation that is the root cause of the current equine welfare crisis in the UK.
There is a sad but urgent need to reduce the number of foals bred in this country. Charities are overwhelmed and cannot cope with the numbers of horses needing care.
Thousands of animals remain at direct risk. A harsh winter could be genuinely catastrophic for Britain’s horses.
The first castration day run with Trust funding took place recently in Norfolk and was a resounding success thanks to amazing support from Redwings, Blue Cross, and Westover and Chapelfield veterinary practices.
Lee Hackett, BHS Director of Equine Policy, said: “If a castration day prevents just one foal being born that would fall on hard times and end up in the care of a charity, the event will have saved the welfare world literally thousands of pounds.
“Every penny spent on these events is an investment and working together, we can make a real difference.”