We are hugely worried about Britain’s equine welfare and overpopulation crisis. The stark truth is that there are more horses and ponies than responsible owners, leading to horrendous cases of neglect, suffering and abandonment and charities are left to pick up the pieces.
What are we doing?
The role of the British Horse Society is to improve welfare through education and support. We don’t rescue – we try and stop as many horses as possible needing to be rescued. Our aim is to break the cycle. We work collaboratively with fellow welfare charities across the UK to reach out to vulnerable owners and communities who may not normally seek regular healthcare for their horses and/or are known to be breeding indiscriminately.
Healthcare & Education clinics
We run a programme of clinics across the UK which offer a health check by a vet, castration, passporting, microchipping, dental checks, worming and hoof care at a reduced cost, as well as education, advice and support on a huge range of issues.
Not only are we preventing potential future foals from suffering, we are immediately improving the welfare of the horses brought forward for gelding as many of them will have been previously tethered and are now living on yards or unchained in fields. Public safety is also improved as a gelding will not be as boisterous and as likely to try and escape.