BHS Welfare Conference

At this year’s BHS Welfare Conference on 20th and 21st September hear from expert speakers as they question ‘are we getting the fundamentals right for horse care and training?’

Join us for a fully-packed, inspiring day.



Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s FREE CPD Course for Farriers

Don’t miss out! Last few spaces left for Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s FREE CPD course for farriers.

The CPD course runs over two days – 26th July and 30th August – at Redwings Ada Cole near Harlow, Essex, EN9 2DH.

Update your knowledge on equine welfare and build on your client communication skills to the benefit of your business and the horse!

To book your free place call Andie on 01508 481066/07711489622 or email

NEW Farrier CPD

To provide practical training on equine welfare, the role of welfare organisations and client communication skills.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary has launched a new CPD course with support from the BFBA and Dean Bland from Well Equine Ltd.

The course aims to help farriers improve their knowledge of equine welfare and build on existing skills in client communication to improve horse owner understanding of farriery and foot care.

Forging Welfare Partnerships aims to have a real benefit on the working lives of farriers and the welfare of horses.

The CPD course runs over two days – 26th July and 30th August – at Redwings Ada Cole Visitor Centre near Harlow, Essex, EN9 2DH.

To sign up for your free place call Andie on 01508 481066/07711489622 or email

Fly-grazing Donkey Delilah has Secure Future with World Horse Welfare

One of World Horse Welfare’s more unusual rescue cases recently came in the form of a young donkey who was found fly-grazing at various locations around Middlesex including a supermarket car park and outside of a doctor’s surgery, whilst being travelled and ‘stabled’ overnight in the back of a transit van.

Delilah, as she has been named, is now in the care of World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre enjoying a much more traditional donkey life as she undergoes rehabilitation. World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Nick White, had previously visited Delilah, advising her owners on the care she required and providing forage. He said:

“The first time I was alerted to Delilah, she was less than a year old, very frightened and living overnight in the back of a transit van which she had to jump up into. The van had no ventilation and only rags on the floor with no fresh air and would have been very cold during the winter nights. During the day she was tethered in the car park of a DIY superstore near Heathrow and her owners would not be parted with her, despite my offers to take her into the charity’s care.

“I continued to monitor her condition and saw her in a number of different locations. On a visit one day in March, Delilah was clearly exhausted and lying on the grass outside of a local doctor’s surgery with no water. This is clearly not ideal for any equine, but particularly for donkeys who rely so heavily on companionship and at such a young age too. I knew we had to try and get her out of this situation.

“I met with the people who had been caring for her and it became apparent that her previous owners had moved on, leaving Delilah behind and with no provisions for her care. Her current carers were about to be evicted and could not take Delilah with them so they gladly signed her over into World Horse Welfare’s ownership. Delilah was then transported to our Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre where she has since been undergoing rehabilitation and learning all about what the life of an equine should be.

“Coming across a fly-grazing donkey is certainly not a common occurrence in my job with World Horse Welfare but thankfully we were able to save Delilah from this situation and she now has a bright future ahead.”

Delilah has been thriving in her new life at World Horse Welfare and is enjoying making lots of new friends with the various horses and ponies at the Somerset Rescue and Rehoming Centre. Delilah’s friendly nature and good looks have already proved a hit with visitors to Glenda Spooner Farm and a recent competition to find a fitting name for this furry donkey had over 100 entries.  The winning name was suggested by visitor Kate in honour of her daughter, Delilah, and an official naming ceremony is soon to take place.

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For more information please call Carys Samuel on 07826 871 682 or Jessica Stark on: 07900 994002 or email /

HAPPA Welfare Conference 5 July

CHAPS horses need new homes

Pablo, Chess, Bella and Star are looking for new homes


Have Your Cake and Eat It to Help Horses!

International horse charity, World Horse Welfare, has launched a new fundraising initiative which challenges supporters to don their aprons, get baking and host their own stable-themed breakfast brunch, The Morning Feed.The Morning Feed 1

Designed to get friends, family, riding partners, yards, competition teams and colleagues together to have fun and raise vital funds to support World Horse Welfare’s work, The Morning Feed asks budding baking stars and kitchen captains to create mouth-watering recipes using ingredients that would even tempt your horse!

A little help has already been offered from some familiar faces such as World Horse Welfare Patron, Lee McKenzie, who has devised a delicious Healthy ‘Cool Mix’ Granola, Jane Holderness-Roddam CBE LVO who has come up with the ultimate Power Breakfast and fellow World Horse Welfare Patron and Olympic medallist, Pippa Funnell, who has created Healthy Granola Biscuits.

Launched in partnership with Horse & Hound, which has chosen World Horse Welfare as its Charity of the Year for 2017, The Morning Feed is set to become a regular event of the charity’s fundraising calendar. World Horse Welfare Director of Fundraising, Emma Williams, explains:

“We really wanted to come up with a new fundraising initiative which would give our supporters the opportunity to get together with their friends and family for a fun event whilst helping raise awareness and vital funds for World Horse Welfare as we celebrate our 90th anniversary.

“Even if your skills with a mixing spoon and pastry cutter are not quite as refined as those of baking legend Mary Berry, we really want to encourage everyone to get involved whether it is through hosting their own Morning Feed event, creating a delicious recipe with an equestrian twist or simply sampling some of the delectable treats at a friend’s or colleague’s event. We can’t wait to see and hear what culinary creations our supporters cook up!” The Morning Feed 2

This is an important year (2017) for World Horse Welfare as the charity celebrates its 90th Anniversary. Founded in 1927 by Ada Cole to stop the live transport of horses to slaughter across Europe, the charity was formerly named the International League for the Protection of Horses. Nine decades  on and World Horse Welfare continues to be the voice of invisible horses all over the world from those who suffer neglect and welfare problems in silence across the UK to the many thousands of working horses ignored by Governments and policymakers to those subjected to the torture of travelling hundreds of miles across Europe to slaughter.

Apply for your fundraising pack here:

For more information please call Carys Samuel on: 01953497248 or 07826 871 682 or Jessica Stark on: 07900 994002 or email /


Dumped to die – RSPCA concern about equine crisis in Kent

The RSPCA is increasingly concerned about an equine crisis in Kent this winter involving horses who were neglected and then ‘dumped to die’.

The charity has received a spate of calls about distressing equine incidents in the county in the past few months.

In this time RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon and other officers have been called to more than 38 heartbreaking scenes in the county, with horses found dead or dying. They were left in terrible conditions by the side of roads, in woodland and sometimes dumped under fly-tipped debris as if they were rubbish.

Of these, 13 horses were found already dead, and 25 were collapsed and dying – six in such a poorly state that nothing could be done to save them and 19 able to be rescued, cared for and treated.

Inspector Russon said: “The equine crisis in Kent has been horrendous over the past couple of months and doesn’t feel like it is slowing down.

“I have been called out again and again to horses who are either already dead – or they are so neglected and unwell it is just too late to save them.

“The issue is particularly noticeable between November and spring because of winter-related problems like the lack of grazing and redworm and cold weather pushing animals who are already ill over the edge.

“These issues should be easily treatable, but instead of being given the care they need, the horses are just being neglected and then dumped to die.

IMG_20170102_131654736“Horses can be very expensive to keep and we believe some people decide to callously abandon their poorly horses instead of pay for veterinary treatment. We urge owners who are struggling to care for their horses are urged to contact the RSPCA or other horse welfare charities for advice and assistance rather than dump their animals in a dying state.”

Among the heartbreaking scenes the RSPCA has been called to recently are:

  • A dead horse found dumped in Bull Hill, Horton Kirby, Dartford, on Tuesday, 21 February
  • The bodies of two horses found dumped on Beech Road, Kingshill in West Malling on Friday, 17 February (pictured above left)- one a year-old dark Bay mare with white socks, wrapped in a blue horse rug in woodland
  • A dead horse was tied to a tree by the church in Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells on Friday, 17 February
  • Six dying horses found in the Dartford area on Thursday, 16 February. As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot go into further details.
  • A skewbald mare and her foal were found dumped in Wouldham Road, Rochester on Thursday, 16 February in an extremely poorly state. Both were emaciated and weak. The filly is still in RSPCA care, but sadly the mare died a few days later.
  • A piebald horse was found dead and dumped on the side of the road in Eglantine, Horton Kirby on Tuesday, 14 February
  • A young piebald pony was found collapsed and dying in Yalding, Maidstone on 28 January. We got a vet to check on her but sadly she was so unwell so could not be saved and had to be put to sleep to end her suffering.(pictured above, right)
  • The body of a horse dumped underneath a pile of planks in a field in Horton Kirby, Dartford of wood on 2 January – next to a can of petrol container. We assume that the intention may have been to set the body on fire (pictured top left). A few days later six more horses were rescued from the same location – all still in our care.
  • The body of the dead pony was dumped on a woodland path is the Wateringbury, Maidstone, in the first week of January (pictured above, right)

Inspector Russon added: “The incidents we know about are probably the tip of the iceberg, and there are probably an awful lot more cases of dead and dying horses which we aren’t told about – who are removed by the police or other agencies, or perhaps rescued by other charities.

“This equine crisis is heartbreaking for us all. We do all we can to rescue animals when we can but often by the time we are called about them it is too late and the horses are already in far too poorly a state for us to be able to help them.

“We will always look into cases of animal welfare reported to us, and do all we can to protect the welfare of the animals involved, but we rely on the public to be our eyes and ears in these situations as we can only investigate when we have information and evidence about who may have dumped an animal.

“Equally, it is important for people to remember we are a charity and have to act within the law. We do not have legal powers to remove an animal who belongs to someone, even when they have been left to fly-graze, and it is only the police  who can take them and place them into our care when a vet has said there is there is evidence they are suffering.”

The RSPCA urges anyone who has any information at all about who dumped and neglecting their horses to call us on 0300 1234 999, in complete confidence.

The charity’s cruelty line received 75 complaints, rescues and collections about horses in Kent in November, 69 in December and then in January the number rose to 108. In February the figure was 82.

To help the RSPCA carry out their vital work please text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2017 Charity of the Year

International horse charity named first ever Charity of the Year for prestigious three-day event

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (31 August – 3 September 2017) are delighted to announce that they have chosen leading charity, World Horse Welfare, as their official Charity of the Year in 2017.

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2016In a new move for the CCI four star competition – which is listed as one of the UK’s top ten sporting events and in 2016 attracted over 155,000 visitors -World Horse Welfare will be the event’s first ever official charity.

Event Director of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Elizabeth Inman said:

“We are thrilled to introduce a charity partner to the horse trials and are looking forward to working with World Horse Welfare during the milestone of their 90th year.

“After a thorough selection process, we are confident that our chosen charity’s work helping horses in the UK and internationally – and their support for the responsible use of horses in sport – will chime well with our audience.”

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, said:

The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 04 09 2016“It is a true honour to have been chosen as Land Rover Burghley’s charity of the year, which gives us a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our global work to such extensive and relevant audience of visitors from across the world.

“Land Rover Burghley is a world leading 4* Event, which chimes so well in this special year for World Horse Welfare as we celebrate our 90th anniversary.

“We cannot wait to start working on our partnership with the Event and on behalf of everyone at World Horse Welfare; I would like to express our sincere thanks to Liz Inman and her team for choosing us.”

For more information please call Carys Samuel on: 01953497248 or 07826 871 682 or Jessica Stark on: 07900 994002 or email /



Aldershot woman banned following discovery of emaciated pony last year

A woman from Aldershot was found guilty last week (25 Jan) of causing unnecessary suffering to her pony.

Mae Doble, (D.O.B 02/10/1947) appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court on 25 January, in a case brought in by the RSPCA.

She was convicted of an allegation under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, after her pony Honey was discovered in March 2016, severely underweight and suffering.

IMGP1729Doble, of Stockbridge Drive, Aldershot, Hampshire was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to her pony, Honey, by failing to seek veterinary care between 29 February 2016 and 28 March 2016, which led to the pony’s condition rapidly deteriorating.

Doble was given a five year ban on owning all animals, and ordered to pay costs of £750, received a £480 fine and a £48 victim surcharge.

RSPCA inspector Maxine Jones said: “We received a complaint about Honey’s condition and when I arrived at the property and saw her, I was shocked. She was the thinnest pony I had ever seen.

“Police removed Honey and placed her into our care, but despite our team’s best efforts, sadly she passed away two days after her rescue.

“If only Honey had been given the right veterinary care by her owner, she would never have got so poorly. This sad case is a strong example of how much responsibility comes with owning a horse, and we urge people to consider really carefully if they are in a position to properly care for one.”

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