Sponsor a horse, pony or donkey and become a Friend of The Horse Trust

As the world's first horse charity we have a proud tradition of working to improve the lives of every horse, pony and donkey in the country. Much has changed since our foundation in 1886 but we remain focussed at every step of the way to meet the needs of the day.  Read about our distinguished past, our recent achievements and plans to be ready to meet the challenges of tomorrow. Advancing Excellence in Equine Care , Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. 

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The Horse Trust is the world's first horse charity.  

For over 125 years our Home of Rest for Horses has specialised in providing retirement and respite for working horses and ponies. These hard-working equine public servants have served our nation in the police, the army or working with charities who use horses to help people. We also provide sanctuary to horses, ponies and donkeys who have suffered from cruelty or neglect and who are in desperate need of specialist treatment and care.

It is at our Home of Rest for Horses that we demonstrate best practice and deliver professional training in horse care and welfare. We have invested in funding veterinary research that has led to major advances in horse care. This training and research helps develop the knowledge and skills needed to improve the care, welfare and quality of life of all horses.

From our very first day on 10th May 1886 we have relied entirely on donations from the general public to support our work.
Read our story to find out what makes The Horse Trust a very special organisation and how you can help. 


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After Protecting The Queen,
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A Peaceful Retirement After
Protecting the Public