World Horse Welfare International Officer checking bay horse horse with poorly fitting harness

Our Approach

Founded in 1927, our approach to helping horses was based on four core principles, which we still hold today.

Founded in 1927, our approach to helping horses was based on four core principles, which we still hold today.

Relevance

We believe that horses and humans have evolved a unique partnership and that horses have an important role in society which is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. Whether working animals, family pets, equine athletes, conservation grazers or companions, horses contribute to our lives, cultures and economies. This partnership is right so long as people take full responsibility for their welfare.

Sustainability

In all of our work we strive for lasting change, aiming to treat the source of a problem as well as the symptoms.

Practicality

We are a charity that believes in taking a practical approach to solving problems.  We focus our efforts on what is achievable, and part of our practicality is that we recognise the importance of working in partnership with others to create change.

Evidence and experience

We base our work on scientific evidence and on our 90 years of horse care experience.  We also support research to improve horse welfare.

Charity numbers and regulation

Being based in the UK, we are regulated by the Charity Commission and Fundraising Regulator. Our registered charity numbers are 206658 and SC038384 (in Scotland).

Welfare Line Appeal – a lifeline for horses

Our Welfare Line receives thousands of calls each year.
£3 a month can help ensure a kinder future for horses.

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