World Horse Welfare is a charity that works to improve the lives of horses and the horse-human relationship in all of its guises.


World Horse Welfare is an international charity that has been influencing equine policy in the European Union and internationally for almost 100 years.

About us
About us

We are an international charity whose values are grounded in pragmatism and compassion.

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Responsible ownership of equines

The EU can do more to support responsible ownership of equines.

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Protection of equines during transport

Transportation poses risks to equine welfare - better regulation is needed.

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Equine meat labelling
Equine meat labelling

Equine meat should be labelled for Country of Origin and welfare.

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Who we help

We can categorise most of the equines we help as:

We also help horses by helping people

The people we work with

The people we work with

We help horse owners and keepers, communities, governments and agencies, sport regulators and institutions to improve their policies and practices.
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The horse human relationship

The horse-human relationship

Our charity believes in improving welfare by strengthening the horse-human relationship.
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Our core resources

Our core resources

We apply varying combinations of our expertise, influence, networks, physical assets and funds to the whole spectrum of the charity's work.
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Find out more about how we work

Our work in EU policy
Our work in EU policy

We inform and influence European policy to better protect equine welfare.

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We believe in using scientific evidence to help guide our work.

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Working equines and the SDGs
Working animals and the SDGs

Working equines contribute to the SDGs.

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How you can help

Our work helping horses in the UK, in the EU and around the world couldn't continue without you. By making a donation, campaigning for us or subscribing to our Newsletter we can keep working to achieve a world where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding.

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Make a Donation

World Horse Welfare relies on your charitable donations to help the needs of horses around the world.

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Campaign for us
Campaign for us

Help influence change to protect horses by getting involved in our campaigning work.

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Our latest reports

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Removing the blinkers

Download the Health and Welfare of European Equidae in 2015 report

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Our strategy 2020-24

Towards our centenary of strengthening the horse-human relationship

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EU report on transport of equines for slaughter

Challenges and recommendations for amending the Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005

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Your Impact in 2022

Here is how your support helped.


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Horses, donkeys and mules were helped directly and indirectly, by our international projects


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Recommendations included in our evidence-based EU report to improve welfare during transport


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Views of our educational videos


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Horses for whom we are working to end needlessly long journeys to slaughter

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