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Advice and support

  • We strive to promote equine welfare by educating, advising and supporting horse owners and carers to prevent cases of neglect.
  • We train and support a network of welfare officers to deal with local welfare concerns.
  • We promote responsible breeding and support breed societies.

Horse passports

Horse passports are a legal requirement for all horses, ponies, mules, donkeys, zebras and other members of the equine family. We issue them for all horses that are not eligible for registration with a recognised breed society.

Buying and loaning

If you’re thinking about buying or loaning a horse, we can offer you the advice you'll need before making the big decision.

Find a yard or B&B

We have approved livery yards and Horses Welcome (equine B&B) establishments throughout the UK. Find one near you.

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At the forefront of issues...

  • Grass Sickness - why a vaccine against this distressing fatal disease is needed
  • Think Before You Breed - why we're working to reduce indiscriminate breeding in the UK
  • Ragwort - the dangers of this common plant to grazing animals and what we're doing to raise awareness
  • Exotic diseases - how and why we're monitoring the risk of disease brought from overseas
  • Strangles - how the risk of this potentially devastating illness can be reduced

More about our campaigns

Friends at the End

Friends at the End

When you're faced with the hardest decision of all, we're here to help

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We publish a range of free leaflets covering access, safety and welfare issues

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