About our rehoming scheme

Find out more about the history of World Horse Welfare and the rehoming scheme.

Find out more about the history of World Horse Welfare and the rehoming scheme.

World Horse Welfare currently runs the UK’s largest equine rescue and rehoming scheme but do you know where it all started? Read on to find out!

  • The charity was founded as the by Ada Cole in 1927 as the International League Against the Export of Horses for Butchery after she saw work-worn horses on the docks of Antwerp destined for slaughter.
  • In 1937 the charity’s work sees the introduction of the Exportation of Horses Act, which effectively stops the export of live horses for slaughter from Great Britain. The charity becomes the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH).
  • The charity’s first rescue centre opened in Britain in 1949.
  • In 1978 the ILPH rehomed scores of old police horses and pit ponies, emerging as the largest equine rehoming charity in Britain.
  • The ILPH was re-branded as World Horse Welfare in 2008 and became an associate member of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) after almost three decades as their welfare advisors.
  • Today, World Horse Welfare has Rescue and Rehoming Centres in Aberdeenshire, Lancashire, Norfolk and Somerset and rehomes horses and ponies around the UK.
  • In 2021 a record 378 horses and ponies were rehomed!
  • Got a question about the rehoming scheme? You can find out more here.

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If you have any further questions or need to get in touch with us please check our Need help page for guidance.

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What our rehomers say about us

“Anyone looking to rehome a horse should definitely do it: World Horse Welfare is so supportive and rehoming is just such a great thing to do – it’s so rewarding.”

Rehomer Stella Burbidge

"If anyone is looking for a riding pony or a driving pony, I can 100% recommend that they should really try World Horse Welfare. I cannot fault this place – they were obviously totally open and you know if it doesn’t work out the pony can come back and will find a good home. The horses and ponies come with a full MOT and you couldn’t ask for more."

Rehomer Nichola Waddicor

“I was considering buying a horse, but my friend had rehomed from World Horse Welfare so persuaded me to consider doing the same. We went to Belwade Farm to look at two other horses and whilst I was there I looked up to see Tinto standing at the top of a hill, almost as if he was saying ‘Look at me!’.”

Rehomer Fiona Bell

“I would always recommend rehoming a horse. Rehomers receive such a huge amount of support and the team at the charity are always 100% honest and realistic with you. The pride you get from rehoming these horses – who sometimes have a very sad past – is incredible.”

Rehomer Kate McCormack

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