It is an illegal offence to abandon any animal, with a possible 51 week prison sentence, a fine up to £20,000 – or both. NEWC has seen an increase in the number of abandoned horses over the last few years and reports of horses straying on roads, abandonments at livery yards, and horses being dumped on private or council land have increased.

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National Equine Welfare Council C.I.C.

The National Equine Welfare Council C.I.C. works to protect horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, by providing support, guidance and a communication forum to equine organisations, businesses and charities to help raise equine welfare standards nationwide.

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Equine Crisis UK

Six welfare charities have issued an updated report about the current equine crisis in the UK, entitled “Left on the verge: In the grip of a horse crisis in England and Wales”.

Click here to read the latest report.


Homes needed

Are you looking for a horse, pony or donkey? If you are in this fortunate position, have you considered offering to rehome from one of our member charities? Each animal rehomed will free up a space, making it possible for charities to help more horses, ponies and donkeys in desperate need. Please click here to find out more.

RSPCA Joseph

RSPCA JosephRSPCA Joseph, Co Durham. Joseph is a 2 year old 12 hh skewbald Cob gelding. Joseph is a really lovely boy, quiet to handle and catch and with the Vet/Farrier. He’s good in the herd and would be easy to fit into most groups. Could live in or Read more →

RSPCA Sovereign

RSPCA SovereignRSPCA Sovereign, Co Durham. Sovereign is a 16hh bay Standard Thoroughbred Filly in the early stages of her education and needs regular handling to develop what she has learnt so far. She’s good in the herd and would be easy to fit into most groups. Could live in or Read more →


RSPCA TitusRSPCA Titus, Northumberland. Titus is a 4 year old 13 hh piebald gelding Cob. We think Titus would make a lovely ridden pony in the future and go on in any sphere for a teenager or adult. He needs someone with experience of starting young horses. He lives in a herd and would be easy to fit into most groups. Could live in or Read more →


RubyRuby. HorseWorld. Located in Bristol. Ruby is a four year old 12.2hh black Welsh x mare. Ruby was born at HorseWorld a month after her mother Sox was rescued along with other ponies who had been Read more →


RioRio. HorseWorld. Located in Bristol. Rio is a three year old 12.1hh piebald Cob gelding. This blue eyed boy arrived in August 2016 along with his friend Mo just in time for the Olympics hence his Brazilian Read more →


Martie Martie. HorseWorld. Located in Bristol. Martie is a four year old 12.2hh skewbald Cob gelding. Martie came in to HorseWorld in 2013 with two other ponies when he was only about five months Read more →


FelixFelix. HorseWorld. Located in Bristol. Felix is a three year old 11.2hh, and still growing, bay Cob x gelding. Felix came to HorseWorld in January 2015 from a site where a number of horses were being fly grazed. He was found severely emaciated alongside a stream where another young colt’s body could be seen dead in the Read more →


EllieEllie. HorseWorld. Located in Bristol. Ellie is a sixteen year old 12.2hh grey Welsh Sec A mare. Ellie came to HorseWorld in 2009 as part of a group of horses rescued from horrific conditions – sadly not all of them Read more →


EinsteinEinstein. HorseWorld. Located in Bristol. Einstein is a seven year old 14.1hh black Cob gelding. Einstein was part of a group of 12 ponies that had been abandoned in a barn. When he arrived he was very emaciated and suffering from Salmonella and Strangles Disease. Read more →


DiamondDiamond. HorseWorld. Located in Bristol. Diamond is a five year old 11.3hh skewbald Welsh cross mare. Diamond was born at HorseWorld a couple of months after her mother Dazzle arrived. Dazzle was one of a group of ponies that were rescued from Read more →