World Horse Welfare

We are an international charity that has been helping horses since 1927. Through hands-on care, education and campaigning, we work directly with horses, horse owners, communities, organisations and governments to help improve welfare standards and stamp out suffering in the UK and worldwide. Our vision is a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding.

AHW1We began as a campaigning charity when our founder Ada Cole witnessed a procession of work-worn British horses unloaded at the docks of Antwerp and whipped for four miles to slaughter. She was determined to stop the appalling cruelty of these journeys and campaigned for an end to the export of British horses to slaughter on the continent.

Ten years later our campaign succeeded, and 86 years on World Horse Welfare is still driven by the same desire to stop unnecessary suffering, using a practical approach and scientific evidence to deliver lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.

Making a better world for horses
We are the voice of horses in the UK and Europe.  We campaign to improve policy and practice across the horse world, shaping the laws that protect horses and promoting better standards of treatment and care –

for elite competition horses or pet ponies to horses destined for slaughter in Italy. We are respected for our credibility and are independent welfare advisors to the FEI and the BHA.

Around the world
More than 100 million working horses fuel economies across the globe, but they often do not receive the treatment or care they need. World Horse Welfare helps to relieve the suffering of these horses in Africa, Central America and Asia. We do this by sharing our knowledge and skills with horse-dependent communities, raising standards of hoof care, tack fitting, theft-prevention, wound care and nutrition with programmes tailored to local needs.

In the UK
We are the UK’s largest horse rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing charity with four Rescue and Re-homing Centres across the country.  Our national welfare hot line is a charitable public service that receives thousands of calls each year from members of the public reporting horses in distress. These reports are investigated by our nationwide network of local Field Officers who assess horses, advise owners on how to improve their care or – when necessary – rescue horses by bringing them into one of our Centres. In extreme cases we assist with prosecutions.