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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.

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.

Strangles Awareness

Our strangles campaign, launched in February 2007 with the Animal Health Trust, is aimed at educating horse owners to recognise the signs of strangles and how to cope with an outbreak. The contagious nature of the disease means that quick diagnosis and effective isolation procedures are essential.

Find out more information about our Strangles Awareness campaign.

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.

Exotic Diseases

The BHS has been campaigning to raise horse owners’ awareness and working with the Government to ensure we are as prepared as possible for the risk of exotic diseases to British horses.

Find out more information about our Exotic Diseases campaign.

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