The British Horse Society is the largest equine charity in the UK, with over 109,000 members.

The charity is one of the UK’s leading voices in all things equine. It supports the welfare of all horses and riders and has education at its heart.

british horse society logoHow does it work?

The British Horse Society carries out a wide range of activities in support of horses and riders. These include education, improving access and rights of way, equine safety, and welfare. Knowledge and education is at the heart of everything the charity does. Its key focus is to encourage people and horses to enjoy life together. The charity has also spoken repeatedly about Britain’s equine welfare and overpopulation crisis. The situation has led to horrendous cases of neglect, suffering and abandonment.

How we’re helping the British Horse Society

The Trust has supported the important work of the British Horse Society with two grants, the first of £20,000 for a road safety video and the second of £18,000 for ten healthcare and education clinics.

Each clinic castrates between twenty and thirty horses. If this prevents the birth of just one foal that would thave ended up in the welfare system, the charity will have saved an enormous amount of money. What’s more, their actions will also have prevented the unnecessary suffering of that foal.

farrier at british horse society equine clinic

As well as castration, the clinics offer a health check by a vet, passporting, microchipping, worming, hoof care, and advice and support on a huge range of issues, including feeding and workload. Each horse owner receives a horse care pack. This includes educational literature, such as the charity’s ‘easy-read’ tethering best practice guide.

Ollie Crowe, B&W Lead Equine Vet and BEVA Member, says: “The BHS clinics are so well developed that it’s a smooth-running system. One stallion turned out with 30 mares is going to breed a lot of unwanted horses, so take that one stallion away and suddenly you’ve not got 30 extra horses in a field. To castrate 20-odd horses fixes a big welfare problem before it’s even started.”

‘Our aim is to prevent any horses getting to the point of needing rescuing’

tiny tim shetland ponyHorse owner, Amanda, who’s used the clinic, says: “When we rescued Tiny Tim (left), he was very thin and scared. We knew he needed to be checked over so brought him to a clinic.

“Tim has been castrated, he’s had a tetanus jab, been given antibiotics, microchipped and passported. The clinic has been fantastic. Everyone is so friendly and helpful and they put you and the horse at ease, which is lovely.”

“Our aim is to prevent any horses getting to the point of needing rescuing,” says Tracy Casstles of the British Horse Society. “For a lot of the horses attending, this is the only time they may be seen by a vet, so we’re incredibly grateful for the donation given by Petplan Charitable Trust to ensure we are proactively reducing welfare numbers.”

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