World Horse Welfare


World Horse Welfare is a leading International charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and worldwide through education, campaigning and hands-on care.

In the UK World Horse Welfare’s dedicated network of Field Officers investigate and resolve welfare problems, and the charity runs four Rescue and Rehoming Centres with capacity for up to 300 horses in need to receive specialist care, undergo rehabilitation and find loving new homes through World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme – the largest of its kind in the UK. Rehoming is vital to the sustainability of our work as each horse found a new home makes space for us to help another one in need.

World Horse Welfare works tirelessly to change legislation and attitudes to horse welfare through campaigns and education, including its founding campaign to end the suffering endured by the tens of thousands of horses transported long-distance across Europe to slaughter each year.

The charity also plays a key role in equestrian sport as independent welfare adviser to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

Outside of the UK, World Horse Welfare’s international programmes alleviate the suffering of thousands of working horses by providing essential knowledge for horse owning communities in the developing world. These communities rely on horses to transport their children to school, fetch water and medical supplies, support their livelihoods and to help grow food to feed themselves. Without horses many of them simply could not survive.