Frequently Asked Questions
Got a burning question about the Horses for Health Event? Here are some questions and answers hopefully covering everything you need to know about the event. If we don't cover it below then please feel free to contact us using the Contact page.
Q: WHAT IS THE GREAT HORSES FOR HEALTH EVENT 2022?
A: Horses for Health is a fundraising event celebrating the positive effect equines have on our mental wellbeing. Running over 70 days, from Monday 20th June, it’s an opportunity to do a little or a lot accompanied by your favourite equine (or without if you don’t have access to one), meet like-minded people, and raise money for some fantastic charities.
Q: WHY IS THIS EVENT SO IMPORTANT?
A: Mental wellbeing has always been important, but the events of the last two years helped many of us realise the equines in our life were keeping us buoyant when life was dragging us down. Our horses are our best friends, counsellors, playmates, partners and teachers. The Horses for Health event is an opportunity to celebrate everything our horses do for us, whilst bringing together a supportive community of like-minded people, and encouraging us all to make space for our own mental wellbeing in our hectic lives.
Not only is all of this so important but during the course of the event we will also be raising money for some incredible charities who rescue and rehabilitate horses, ponies and donkeys as well as using them to help vulnerable humans too. (see charities page)
Q: WHEN DOES THE GREAT HORSES FOR HEALTH EVENT HAPPEN?
A: Horses for Health will run over 70 days (10 weeks) from Monday 20th June until Monday 29th August
Q: WHO CAN GET INVOVLED?
A: Anyone! Riders, drivers, in-hand walkers are all invited to get out and about. You can participate in an event organised by our volunteers or go it alone. If you don’t have a horse you can still get involved in any way you’d like – we have events where walkers and cyclists can also take part as well as some non-horsey wellbeing events. As long as you want to have fun and raise money for our charities, everyone is welcome!
Q: WHERE DOES THE HORSES FOR HEALTH EVENT TAKE PLACE?
A: It can take place wherever you are! There will be organised events you can join (see our what’s on pages for more information) but you can also do your own thing. It’s up to you how you want to spend time with your favourite equine; hack, walk, drive, lead, come to a fun ride or go it alone.
Q: WHAT IF THERE ISN'T AN ORGANISED EVENT NEAR ME?
A: Unfortunately, as we rely on a small team of volunteers around the country, we can't guarantee there will be events in every area. However, you can still take part by doing your own rides, drives or in-hand walking and why not enter one of our challenges where you can get some fantastic medals, T-shirts and trophies for covering a certain distance, raising a certain amount of money or being nominated for one of our other awards.
Q: HOW DO I RAISE MONEY FOR THE CHARITIES?
A: After any organisation costs are covered, all remaining money left over from your registration fee will go to our nominated charities for this year’s event. However, we have the opportunity to make a huge difference so encourage you to also do your own fundraising. The only limit is your imagination! You will be provided with full details on how to set up online fundraising (via JustGiving or Facebook) when you register. There is also a text to donate number which makes it really easy to donate an amount of your choosing.
Q: WHICH CHARITIES ARE BEING SUPPORTED THIS YEAR?
A: We’re really excited to be supporting a number of equine charities this year with an equal 25% of all funds raised going to each cause. HorseWorld remains our lead-charity and the Families Fund will also receive 25% this year. We will once again be supporting the great work that Riding for the Disabled (RDA) does, and in addition this year 25% of funds raised will go into a scheme to give grants to support smaller equine welfare charities. For more information on the charities we are raising funds for, see our charities page.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO TAKE PART?
A: Entry to the Horses for Health Event is £20 per person. Horses for Health is a non-profit event so after necessary costs are covered all remaining funds will go directly to our supported charities.
Q: WHAT DO I GET FOR MY REGISTRATION FEE?
A: In your registration pack you will get:
- Hi-Viz hat band
- Horses4Health silicone wristband with registration number
- Spring issue of Horse & Rider magazine
- EquineExceed voucher
Q: HOW DO I REGISTER TO TAKE PART?
A: Go to the registration page, fill in your details and pay the relevant fee and that’s you registered! Once registered, you will receive a pack which contains a wristband with your membership number on. You will need this to book onto any events. If you haven’t already you may also want to join our Facebook group ‘The Great Horses for Health Event’ to meet like-minded people and keep up with the latest news.
Q: DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR EVENTS I ENTER?
A: Most of the organised events are free for registered participants, however a few events may have a small additional charge to cover costs such as food or venue charges and some of our partner events also carry a small charge to cover their running costs.
Q: HOW DO I ENTER HORSES FOR HEALTH EVENTS?
A: Have a look at our events map or the events lists on the regional pages to find out what events are happening then click on the booking link which takes you through to an external event booking site. Fill in your details there and you will get email confirmation to inform you when you are booked on. Booking is on a first come, first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment!
Q: CAN I JUST TURN UP TO EVENTS?
A: No, all places for events must be booked in advance through our events booking site as numbers will be limited and this means we can manage logistics such as stewards, food etc.
Q: I DON’T HAVE MY OWN HORSE BUT WOULD LOVE TO GET INVOLVED, WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?
A: No problem! There are lots of ways you can still get involved such as volunteering to help at an event or just coming along to support. There will also be some non-ridden wellbeing events and opportunities for walkers and cyclists. See our Get Involved page for more information.