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Our Horse Welfare & Care Campaigns

June 2020

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

We're working for a world in which the welfare of horses is universally respected and protected, where all those who ride, drive or work with horses can do so safely, enjoyably and with the highest personal competence. We work proactively with the main aim of ‘prevention through education’ to improve horse welfare. 

Be Horse Aware

Recently, there have been increasing reports on social media, of horses being seriously injured, made extremely ill and in some cases having died because members of the public have fed the horses, put grass cuttings into their field or because of their direct actions, such as not closing a gate.

Help us prevent these serious incidents and tragedies occurring. Click here for further information and downloadable resources.

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. 

Horse owners, or the main person responsible for the care of horses, play a vital role in recognising the early signs of colic. Colic cases can quickly deteriorate so early recognition and prompt veterinary attention is vital to increase the chance of recovery for the horse.  

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 we 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. Our clinics 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.  

Find out more information about our Healthcare and Education Clinics

Friends at the End

We understand that losing an equine companion is an extremely difficult experience to go through. ‘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.

No Pain? Check Again! an Equine Dental Health Project

We’ve joined forces with Chris Pearce veterinary surgeon and European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Equine Dentistry to launch our No Pain? Check Again! An Equine Dental Health Project.

The scale of dental problems is phenomenal as recent studies have found that up to 70% of horses have undiagnosed problems. As prey animals, horses are good at hiding pain, including signs of dental problems. As a result, horses could be suffering in silence. Dental issues can seriously deteriorate until the horse reaches a point where they can no longer hide the problem. 

Find out more information about our No Pain? Check Again! Campaign

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