Legacy Will You Remember Us?

Thank you for considering leaving a gift to The Horse Trust in your Will. The Horse Trust is the oldest horse charity in the world. We were founded in 1886 by a remarkable woman named Ann Lindo, who was inspired by the novel ‘Black Beauty’ to do all she could to help the working horses of London.

130 years on, we still remain dedicated to caring for working horses. Today we do this by providing a dignified retirement for those horses and ponies that have spent their working lives serving their country or communities in the police, military or at other charities. We also care for local horses, ponies and donkeys who have suffered from cruelty or neglect. It costs us £4,350 per year to care for each of the 100 horses, ponies and donkeys at our Home of Rest for Horses and we could not do this without the generosity of our supporters.

Our work has continued to expand to meet the changing needs of horses, and today we aim to improve welfare for horses, ponies and donkeys across the UK. We achieve this by providing training for professionals working on the frontlines of horse welfare such as local authority inspectors, the Police and other charities. We are also one of the UK’s leading funders of non-invasive veterinary research. Research funded by The Horse Trust has helped contribute to major advances in equine science, giving veterinarians a far greater understanding of the many diseases and ailments that affect the horse family. This knowledge helps improve the health and welfare of all horses.


Many of our achievements and successes over the years were made possible by people who had the generosity and foresight to remember our work by leaving a legacy in their Will. In fact, the vast majority of our work is funded by income from legacies. For 130 years, Ann Lindo’s legacy has help improve the lives of thousands of horses, ponies and donkeys, but there is so much more we can do. Leaving a legacy in your Will is a lasting way in which you can support The Horse Trust so that we are able to continue to make a difference for horses in the years to come.

You do not need to leave a huge gift in your Will to make a difference. Every penny counts and every gift whether great or small, help us improve the lives of horses.

Should you require any further information about legacies or wish to pledge a gift in your Will please contact The Horse Trust on 01494 488464 or send an email  

Registered Charity Number: 231748