Register your horses with World Horse Welfare to safeguard their future

Register horse in Will

Leaving your horses to World Horse Welfare in your Will is one way you can be certain that they will continue to receive love and care should you die before them.


In order for us to take ownership of your horse(s) and find them loving new homes through our Rehome a Horse scheme should you die before them, you will need to leave them to us in your Will, as they cannot be signed over to us after your death.

It is our policy that all horses in our ownership are offered for rehoming through our rehoming scheme and it is only by finding homes for the horses already in our care that we are able to free up space to help more that are in desperate need.  All rehomed horses are regularly checked for the remainder of their lives to ensure their continued welfare.  Further information is available on our Rehome A Horse pages.

We ask you to inform us of your intentions and register your horses with us by completing an Equine Details Form for each horse you want to leave to us.  This is your opportunity to tell us information about your horse – any medical history or injuries, its feeding regime, present work routine and equally as important, what you see as its future prospects including rider experience recommendation: no-one knows your horse as well as you do. Please add anything that you think is relevant as we know that all horses are different.

A photograph of each horse is required with their form and a copy of the sections of your Will relating to World Horse Welfare – this information will be held in your personal, confidential file and never disclosed to any third party. 

We also ask that anyone registering their horses with us becomes and remains a member and enjoys the benefits of being closer to World Horse Welfare for as long as their horses are registered with us.  This membership income helps to ensure that our work to improve the lives of horses around the world can continue and that we will still be here should your horses ever need us in the future.

Finally, we would be so grateful if you would consider leaving us a financial pledge towards our work. Such funds help us cover the immediate costs of bringing your horses into one of our Rescue and Rehoming Centres, the costs of their care and any rehabilitation work (if needed) while we find suitable new homes. A gift will help us care for the next generation of horses who will need our help.

Once we have received all the necessary information to register your horses we will post you a certification of registration for you to keep.

We regret that If you are not the legal owner of a horse or pony in your care we are unable to register them or take them into our care.  We cannot take a horse into our care until we have seen a copy of the owner's Death Certificate.  Once a horse passes into the ownership of World Horse Welfare all rights to the horse pass entirely to World Horse Welfare.  Next of kin have no rights to receive the horse back or to exercise any other rights in respect of the horse.  Unfortunately, when a horse is taken into one of our centres no further contact is possible.

Further information is contained in our leaflets: The greatest gift you can leave your horse and our legacy leaflet: A lifetime of need, a lifetime of care

Please complete our online enquiry form or call 01953 497239 for further information.

We regret that due to the logistics involved, we can only accept horses into our UK Rescue and Rehoming Centres who are resident on mainland UK.  The only exceptions to this are the Isle of Wight, Isle of Man, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides.

Please note: We can only guarantee to take registered horses upon the death of their owner and not for any other reason.  Due to the number of requests we receive, all other requests are considered strictly on welfare grounds.


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• Invitations to Members' Days at our farms and other special events
• Free expert advice over the telephone from our Advice Line
• Peace of mind for only £52 a year.

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