British Horse Council

The British Horse Council was formed in 2018 to combine the work of the British Horse Industry Confederation and the Equine Sector Council for Health & Welfare.

The British Horse Council is the channel through which all parts of the UK’s equine industry can join forces. Where consensus exists, they will engage with government and others for the benefit of the sector.

The British Horse Council engage with ministers and government officials to find collaborative solutions to challenging matters including equine identification, abandoned horses and ponies, disease surveillance and other areas affecting the UK’s horse industry.

Two stakeholder meetings are held each year which provide a forum for discussion on matters affecting us all and an opportunity to share important information affecting the UK’s equine sector. The meetings are held in London, usually in June and December.


The British Horse Council provides the means for the UK’s equine stakeholders to speak with one voice.

It is recognised that, on some issues, there are different opinions across the sector. Where consensus doesn’t exist, The British Horse Council focus on finding common ground and support stakeholders who wish to make their own points constructively.


Please find The British Horse Council notes from previous meetings here.  Where available slide presentations and supplementary information is included.