TOMORROW-LOGO-STORYHelping to tackle the Horse Welfare Crisis

The UK is facing a horse welfare crisis – quite simply there are too many horses and not enough homes. This means that more horses than ever are at risk of suffering from neglect or cruelty. The Horse Trust aims to improve the welfare of horses in the UK by providing training for professionals working on the frontline of horse welfare.

Our Welfare Team provide training for professionals working on the frontline of horse welfare across the UK including police officers, local authority officers and other charities. This training aims to support professionals by further developing their equine handling skills, and increasing their knowledge of how to assess an equine’s welfare state in conjunction with determining whether appropriate action can be taken under relevant animal welfare legislation.

Our Equine Welfare Helpline provides advice to horse owners on a variety of topics including responsible rehoming, euthanasia and other horse welfare issues. We are also able to offer advice to the public about what constitutes a welfare concern and who they can contact for further help and advice. Our helpline is available from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


We don’t have field officers and are unable to visit horses. If you are concerned about the welfare of a horse, pony of donkey, please contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.