Illegal horse imports into Britain lift risk of deadly disease (UK)

Cross-posted from New Zealand Horse Talk Horses illegally imported into Britain are increasing the risk of African Horse Sickness being introduced, a recent report says. The report, commissioned by a government and industry group - the African Horse Sickness Working Group - believes an outbreak in Britain could halve the nation's equine industry and cost… Continue reading Illegal horse imports into Britain lift risk of deadly disease (UK)

Slaughter of the horses: More animals shot as recession bites (UK)

Cross-posted from the Daily Mail By CHRIS BROOKE Hundreds of horses face being shot this winter because their owners can no longer afford to keep them. Sanctuaries and animal charities around the country have been flooded with requests to take in animals, but they cannot cope with demand. Some charities have reported a 1,500 per… Continue reading Slaughter of the horses: More animals shot as recession bites (UK)

Growing demand for equine services (UK)

As farms diversify in response to the growing leisure industry, there continues to be an increasing demand for equine services. This is adding to one of the biggest hurdles faced by the equine industry; how to adjust and modernise management practices so as to attract and retain skilled employees, who will have more modern lifestyles… Continue reading Growing demand for equine services (UK)

World Horse Welfare launch Stamp Out Suffering campaign (UK)

World Horse Welfare has launched its Stamp Out Suffering campaign with the first-ever national SOS Survey in a bid to end horse cruelty and neglect. The charity is asking for people to get involved in identifying what they feel are the main causes of horse welfare abuse and ignorance in Britain today. With over 1.35… Continue reading World Horse Welfare launch Stamp Out Suffering campaign (UK)

Families forced to put down their horses as recession takes hold (UK)

Cross-posted from The Telegraph Middle-class families are resorting to having their horses put down as the recession means they can no longer afford the expense of keeping them. By SARAH WHITEBLOOM and LUCY COCKCROFT As many as one in 10 horses in Britain faces an uncertain future of suffering, neglect and even death because owners… Continue reading Families forced to put down their horses as recession takes hold (UK)

Workhorses of Britain’s farms and battlefields face extinction within years (UK)

Cross-posted from The Independent Decline blamed on high cost of their upkeep and shortage of breeding mares By JEROME TAYLOR Thursday, 29 January 2009 Whether it is carrying armour-clad knights into battle, hauling iron ploughs through fields of thick English mud, greasing the wheels of the Industrial Revolution or dragging artillery guns during both world… Continue reading Workhorses of Britain’s farms and battlefields face extinction within years (UK)

Horses run wild in Harrow Weald (UK)

Cross-posted from Harrow Times HORSES abandoned on Christmas Day have been running wild and causing havoc in Harrow Weald. At least 30 horses have been dumped on the roads in the north of the borough in the last month, and they have been allowed to run wild on to a sports ground, back gardens, and… Continue reading Horses run wild in Harrow Weald (UK)

The Queen pushes Strangles appeal closer to target with Christmas donation (UK)

Cross-posted from Horsemart UK Her Majesty The Queen has made a personal donation to The British Horse Society and The Animal Health Trust's Strangles Appeal for the second year running. Her Majesty sent a cheque to the BHS, of which she has been Patron for more than 60 years, to help the charities fight the… Continue reading The Queen pushes Strangles appeal closer to target with Christmas donation (UK)

New plan to round up stray horses (UK)

Cross-posted from Horse & Hound The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) is calling for a nationwide scheme to tackle the issue of stray horses on the road network. In early 2007, in conjunction with Horse & Hound, the British Horse Society (BHS), the Chief Fire Officers Association, the Association of Chief Police Officers and BEVA… Continue reading New plan to round up stray horses (UK)

We’re the volunteers who feel the benefit (SCOT)

Employment may be down, but volunteerism is up. Here is one story. Cross-posted from the Daily Record UK Volunteer for Riding for the Disabled Association Glasgow BEING unemployed frustrated mum-of-one Lauren Gillies, so she began volunteering and has never looked back. Three days a week, the 21-year-old from Glasgow helps youngsters with special needs learn… Continue reading We’re the volunteers who feel the benefit (SCOT)