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Our Horse Welfare Campaigns

As the UK’s largest equestrian charity, we represent the equestrian community on a vast range of issues affecting horses and riders.

We campaign across many issues essential for ensuring the current and future welfare of horses in the UK, bringing together disparate organisations to effect changes in policy and the law.

REACT Now to Beat Colic

The British Horse Society and The University of Nottingham teamed up to create the REACT Now to Beat Colic campaign and to help horse owners combat the life-threatening condition of colic. 

Research by The University of Nottingham found that more than 90% of horse owners did not feel confident in spotting early signs of colic. 

Find out more information about our REACT Now to Beat Colic campaign.

Healthcare and Education Clinics

In 2015 the BHS launched its nationwide castration campaign to take a proactive approach to tackling the horse crisis. Over time the clinics have evolved and are now called Healthcare and Education Clinics. With the support of BEVA Trust volunteer vets and an extensive list of supportive organisations, the reduced rate services in addition to castration include general health checks, passports and microchipping, foot care, worming and dentistry. We also offer education, advice and support on a huge range of issues. Healthcare clinics help us engage with and build lasting relationships with local communities. Local welfare contacts are helping us identify owners who would not regularly seek healthcare for their horses and would not have their colts gelded otherwise and/or are known to be breeding indiscriminately. At the end of 2017, 729 horses have attended the clinics, of which, 343 were castrated. The overall figure represents a lot of horse owners who otherwise would not have engaged with the veterinary and charitable organisations.

Find out more information about our Healthcare and Education Clinics

Ragwort Toolkit

Every year, we’re inundated with ragwort concerns from equestrians, many of whom invest large amounts of time and money in trying to control the weed. 

We have produce a toolkit and worked with local action partnerships, to ensure the appropriate use of the Weeds Act 1959, the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and other relevant legislation.  British Horse Society has campaigned on the issue of Ragwort and we continue to strive to educate horse and landowners of the dangers Ragwort poses to grazing animals.

Find out more information about our Ragwort campaign and toolkit

Helping Horses

The BHS Welfare Support Team responds to thousands of calls each year from our head office in Kenilworth– and every year our remit becomes wider and our Welfare Officers are stretched to respond to the demand. 

The Helping Horses appeal is designed to support our essential welfare work.

Find out more information about our Helping Horses appeal.

Euthanasia and Friends at the End

‘Friends at the End’ is a BHS initiative designed to make sure that no horse owner has to face the loss of their equine companion alone.

Find out more information about our Friends at the End campaign.

The Fight Against Grass Sickness

The disease causes damage to the part of the nervous system that controls  involuntary functions. Along with the Equine Grass Sickness Fund and the Animal Health Trust, The British Horse Society is supporting an EGS vaccine trial that launched in March 2014. Our campaign is helping to provide valuable additional funding for the full three-year EGS vaccine trial project.

Find out more information about The Fight Against Grass Sickness campaign.

Think Before You Breed

'Think Before You Breed' aims to stop the over-production of poor quality horses and ponies in the UK.

Find out more information about our Think Before You Breed campaign.

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