With education at our core, The British Horse Society has spoken repeatedly about Britain’s equine welfare and overpopulation crisis. The stark truth is 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. Action needs to be taken now.
The role of the British Horse Society is to improve welfare through education. We don’t rescue – we want to try and stop as many horses 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. 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.
Across four years we’ve held 25 clinics, seeing over 1,150 horses and castrating over 540 colts. Each clinic has, on average, 50 horses attend with their owners.
Not only are we preventing potential future foals from suffering, we have immediately improved the welfare of the horses brought forward for gelding as many of them will have been previously tethered and fly-grazing, 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.
Thousands of horses have been identified as a serious risk and are currently being monitored. Should a large number of these horses require immediate intervention The British Horse Society and our welfare partners will simply not be able to cope. The results of this could be catastrophic. Please, donate generously so we can reduce the welfare strain and end needless cases of neglect.
If you'd like to help us do more, you can donate to The British Horse Society via JustGiving or alternatively you can become a BHS Member and support our work to improve the lives of horses around the UK.
Special thanks to Baileys Horse Feeds, BEVA Trust, Bloomfields, Blue Cross, Bransby, CHAPS, HAPPA, Horsewatch, Horseweigh, Redwings, RSPCA, Safe4, SEIB, SSPCA, TGCA, The Donkey Sanctuary, The Equine Register, Well Equine, World Horse Welfare, Zoetis, Local Authorities, police and of course all our brilliant BHS Welfare Advisers.