FOUNDED 10th MAY 1886


YESYERDAY-black-beauty-1st-editionIn 1877, English author Anna Sewell published a groundbreaking ‘autobiography’, the story of a working horse told through the horse’s own eyes. Black Beauty went on to sell over 50 million copies and become one of the best-selling books of all time.



A few years later, a Miss Ann Lindo of North London YESTERDAY-ann-lindo-small read Black Beauty and was inspired. A working horse had no rest in those days - their owners depended on the horse to earn money to feed their families. Horses pulled taxi cabs and delivery wagons until they dropped. Ann Lindo’s idea was to provide a place where sick and exhausted horses could rest and recover - lending in their place healthy animals so the owners could still earn a living.







The Home of Rest for Horses was founded on 10th May 1886. Horses were bought or donated as loan horses, and demand was immediately high. Miss Lindo saw her idea become a great success and attract prestigious supporters, but sadly died only five years later, at the age of just 52. 

".... there is no religion without love, and people may talk as much as they like about their religion, but if it does not teach them to be good and kind to man and beast, it is all a sham...."

(Anna Sewell, Black Beauty 1877)


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