World Horse Welfare to shine spotlight on ‘invisible horses’ for 2016

World Horse Welfare to shine spotlight on ‘invisible horses’ for 2016

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive, Roly Owers, reviewed the ups and downs of 2015 in his Christmas message, expressing heartfelt thanks to the charity’s supporters.

The charity took in more than 100 horses from a number of different cases in the 40 days before Christmas, which amounts to a third of the charity’s annual stocking level in itself. This in turn placed a huge burden on resources and highlighting that there is still plenty more to be done in improving horse welfare in 2016.

For the second year running, 2015 saw over 300 horses being found loving new homes through the charity’s rehoming scheme. Thousands more were helped through the charity’s successful joint campaigning for tougher laws to tackle illegal fly-grazing and 344 ill, injured, neglected and vulnerable horses arrived at World Horse Welfare’s four Rescue and Rehoming Centres around the UK to receive the care they need and the suffering of 20,000 working horses across developing countries has been lessened thanks to the charity’s international projects.

This year will see World Horse Welfare launch a campaign to shine the spotlight on the world’s ‘Invisible Horses’ who often suffer in silence as people either cannot or choose not to see them. From the horses left in barns and stables for weeks on end, to those working many hours every day on the streets of Choluteca in Honduras or Cape Town in South Africa, who go unnoticed by governments and policymakers, to the horses transported long distances across borders to uncertain futures and those who sadly are sometimes found too late. The year-long campaign will highlight the plight of these horses, making them ‘visible’ so they can receive the care and protection they so desperately need.