Commemorating the Day of Armistice with Positive News for Horse Welfare


Commemorating the day of Armistice with positive news for horse welfare – including a unique Battlefield Centenary Tour Ride which raised £22,000 for the largest horse rescue and rehoming charity in Britain

World War One killed some ten million men, almost 800,000 of them British. But much less known was the fate of a million hapless horses, sent to France between 1914 and 1918, with only 62,000 returning home. These forgotten heroes were remembered during one of World Horse Welfare’s 2014 Challenge Rides – a unique Battlefield Centenary Tour which took participants on a journey through significant sites of the early days of WW1.

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Nominate your favourite equine charity for the 2015 Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards


Charity Begins at Petplan

Nominate your favourite equine charity for the 2015 Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards

With horse welfare central to its ethos, UK’s leading specialist insurer Petplan works with over 1,000 animal charities throughout the UK and its equine specialist sister brand, Petplan Equine is calling on the equine world to highlight the invaluable work of equine charities by nominating their favourite for the 2015 Petplan and ADCH Animal Charity Awards. Nominations open for the 2015 Animal Charity Awards on 3rd November, 2014.

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Urgent Appeal for New Wheels by Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust

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The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust is a small UK registered charity working in The Gambia to alleviate the suffering of working horses and donkeys and their owners.

Heather Armstrong of the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust explains the current situation on the ground in Gambia, and how the charity needs your help:

When the Wheels Stop Turning, So Does Our World!

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Photo: The GHDT Staff Team with one of the vehicles which is currently out of service.

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Control of Horses Bill Launched


Charities and rural organisations hope it will tackle scourge of ‘fly grazing’

A powerful coalition of equine welfare charities and countryside organisations has welcomed the move for Parliament to debate solutions to the illegal fly grazing of horses through a Private Members Bill* which was launched in the House of Commons in July 2014.

The Bill was introduced by Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer who has done a huge amount of work with local groups to help address this growing problem. Welfare charities estimate that in England alone at least 3,000 horses are being illegally grazed on public and private land without the permission of the landowner.

The CLA, National Farmers’ Union and Countryside Alliance have joined forces with the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare, Redwings, the British Horse Society and Blue Cross to support the Bill after they supported similar legislation in Wales which became law in January.

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Neglected pony turned national star thanks to little girl


Young re-homer, Megan, is supporting this year’s Horse Welfare Rehome a Horse Month.

As part of Britain’s largest horse rescue and rehoming charity’s annual Rehome a Horse Month, designed to highlight the versatility of rescue horses and find good homes for those in need, World Horse Welfare will be releasing never-before-told stories of horses who got their happy endings.

While it’s touching to hear tales of British horses who overcame the odds, we must not be distracted from the stark reality that sees 6,000-7,000 UK horses still at risk of neglect or abandonment.

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The BETA Guide to Avoiding Prohibited Substances


The BETA Guide to Avoiding Prohibited Substances

The BETA Guide to Avoiding Prohibited Substances, will help riders steer clear of positive tests for banned substances in equestrian sport and highlights key factors responsible for their accidental presence in the horse and provides a helpful list of ways in which they can be avoided.

“Many riders are unclear what a prohibited substance is and are surprised to hear that they can be found in everyday food and drink such as chocolate, coffee and tea,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams, who has been instrumental in producing the guide. “By taking a few careful measures – many of which are just plain common sense – the risks of exposing a horse to the substances in question could be significantly reduced.”

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World Horse Welfare launches a creative competition for children and adults


World Horse Welfare launches Year of the Horse competition for young and old.

To celebrate the Year of the Horse, World Horse Welfare has launched an exciting competition encompassing creative abilities from children and adults.

There are three separate categories – colouring, poetry, and drawing & painting – in which amateurs and professionals alike are invited to draw, paint or write poetry on anything they fancy as long as it celebrates horses.

The winner of each category will have their work published in World Horse Welfare News, as well as the charity’s website and social media channels.

For poets, painters and drawers the competition is open to adults (17 and over) and children (16 and under).

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Nominations Invited for BETA Year of the Horse competition


Nominations Invited for BETA Year of the Horse Competition.

Have you owned a horse of a lifetime? Is there a special one that means the world to you? Are you inspired by an equine superstar or full of admiration for a horse or pony that has overcome all the odds?

The British Equestrian Trade Association has launched an exciting competition to celebrate 2014, the BETA Year of the Horse. Nominations are invited from everyone with a favourite horse – from a cuddly family pony to an equine superstar that has inspired them.

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