Our Supported Charities
2020 and 2021 have been incredibly difficult years for so many people and businesses but the charity sector, which often gets forgotten about, has been heavily affected as well. Animal welfare charities were particularly hard hit due to having the overhead costs of looking after their animals without the usual income of visitors and events which weren't allowed to happen. For this reason, The Great Horses for Health Relay 2021 is supporting and raising money for a number of registered charities from all around the United Kingdom that fit with our core principles supporting equine welfare and mental health. Please read below about our supported charities, take a look at their websites, give their social media a like and even take a visit to some of them when they are once again open to the public.
Please click the button below to donate to The Great Horses for Health Relay. The money will be split between our seven incredible charities.
HorseWorld Trust is our first confirmed, and lead charity. We have been working very closely with them on various areas of organising the Relay.
HorseWorld is a charity dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses, ponies and donkeys. The organisation cares for more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys at its Bristol site and provides after-care and support for around 200 more, who have been re-homed throughout the South-West.
The charity also runs the innovative Discovery educational programme which helps young people with self-growth, confidence and concentration issues - and of course the horses love the attention too!
HorseWorld's vital 365-days-a-year animal welfare work is funded by voluntary donations. It is not open to the public on a day-to-day basis but it holds Open Days throughout the year.
To find out more about HorseWorld click on the button below to visit their website.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary has been rescuing horses in need for over 30 years. They believe that every horse, pony, donkey and mule has the right to a happy and healthy life, free of fear and neglect. They rescue abandoned, mistreated and neglected horses and donkeys from across the UK, giving them a safe place to live and provide essential veterinary treatment, rehabilitation and lifelong care.
Redwings currently provides permanent specialised sanctuary care to more than 1,500 residents, the majority of whom are unlikely to be rehomed due to their challenging veterinary needs, sympathetic handling requirements or behavioural difficulties, which are a result of the neglect they have suffered.
Their sanctuary farms therefore ensure that every resident – no matter how complex their needs – has the opportunity to live out their days in a loving and safe environment. The horses live out all year round in natural herds, encouraging them to exhibit their natural behaviour and make friends.
Although the Redwings headquarters is based in their home-county of Norfolk, they also operate nationally with their incredible rescue teams working tirelessly to save horses and ponies.
To find out more about Redwings, visit their website by clicking on the button below.
Hope Pastures is a small independent equine rescue that believes that every equine deserves a life worth living, whether that is a ridden, working or companion animal. They aim to ensure that the equines in their care are treated with respect and love and maintain their emotional and physical health and well being.
Hope Pastures is a small charity and rely solely on donations, legacies and the on site events that they run to raise funds. Every penny goes towards ensuring the charity provides for the equines in their care. The trustee team head a 70+ strong team of volunteers to help their very minimal staff team to maintain and care for the animals and the charity.
Hope Pastures offers rescue space, rehabilitation and training along with a rehoming service to ensure equines are found suitable homes and they also offer support and guidance as well as welfare advice for equines in the community. Their welfare coordinators also map and visit local equines to ensure correct animal welfare regulations are abided by.
Hope Pastures provides a safe space for people to visit and mix with equines and hear their rescue stories. They also offer much needed green space in a large city, with a peaceful, friendly setting and a free entry to visitors 365 days a year.
Sanctuary Manager Leonnie Martin says "We are very pleased to be offered help from such a fantastic undertaking in The Great Horses for Health Relay and we look forward to watching the progress eagerly!"
To find out more, click on the button below to visit their website.
HorseBack UK is an Aberdeenshire based charity, originally set up in 2009 with the aim of taking wounded servicemen and women and introducing them to horses. Through working with the horses amongst a like-minded group, service personnel who had been mentally and physically scarred could regain their confidence, dignity and especially in the case of amputees, mobility.
As the idea grew and developed the team realised that it was the relationship with the horses and the environment which established where the magic happened. After several years of working with the military, HorseBack UK began working with the Banchory Academy and from there established its Schools Development Programme The Community Programme was next with HorseBack working with the Aberdeenshire Councils Substance Misuse Department and Racing Welfare.
Through working with the horses the participants develop empathy and create an awareness of others’ feelings and needs. They learn to treat a horse with kindness, respect, and responsibility and are empowered to begin to do the same in their relationships with themselves and others. Just a few of the areas which can be helped during the courses include addiction, anger, anxiety, autism, behavioural problems, confidence, depression, eating disorders, relationship issues and PTSD.
See the video of support from HorseBack UK President and Co-Founder, Jock Hutchison here.
To find out more about HorseBack UK, click on the button below to visit the website.
'Enriching lives through horses'
At Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), their horses benefit the lives of over 25,000 disabled children and adults. With fun activities like riding and carriage driving, they provide therapy, fitness, skills development and opportunities for achievement – all supported by 18,000 amazing volunteers and qualified coaches at nearly 500 RDA centres all over the UK.
RDA is an inclusive and diverse organisation. They welcome clients with physical and learning disabilities and autism, and there are no age restrictions. Through their network of member groups, RDA is at work in every corner of the UK, in our cities and remote rural areas, bringing the therapy, achievement and fun of horses to as many people as we can.
RDA is a charity, and can only carry out their life-changing activities thanks to the generosity of their donors, the dedication of their volunteers and the good nature of our fantastic horses.
See the video of support from RDA Chief Executive, Ed Bracher here.
To find out more about RDA, click on the button below to visit the website.
Bransby Horses rescues equines, rehabilitates them, gives them sanctuary care and offers equine advice and support to owners.
It’s difficult for many to believe that cruelty, neglect and abandonment still exists to such an extent in these modern times, however, the need for equine welfare charities such as Bransby Horses is ever-growing. Their site in Lincolnshire has experienced staff who can investigate welfare concerns and they work with local authority inspectors and the RSPCA to address serious cases that may lead to legal action.
One of Bransby's main objectives is promoting knowledge of equine care by providing support and learning opportunities. By utilising education to raise awareness and knowledge, Bransby Horses aims to improve equine welfare and therefore, reduce the suffering and neglect experienced by equines nationwide. They have a proactive approach to learning and are therefore lucky enough to have connections with leading experts in the equine field, covering a broad range of subjects which allows them to continually develop and improve their own standards and expertise. By also sharing this information amongst their supporters, equine owners and professionals, they can work together to promote and improve equine welfare.
To find out more about Bransby Horses, visit their website by clicking on the link below.
"Working together for a safe and secure rural community"
Established in 2010 after the founder Helen Lacey was a victim of equine related crime. North Wales Horse watch has a small team of 12 volunteers including three trustees which cover the six counties of North Wales and neighbouring villages of Powys, Cheshire and West Mercia.
The organisation started out signing up members free of charge, visiting equine establishments with North Wales Police offering security marking tack and equipment, assisting the community with advice and support with legislation, identification of horses on the highway and fly grazing issues.
A secure platform has now been created which has a database of members and an e-mail messaging system which has been designed for the equine and rural communities to inform them of crime and news.
North Wales Horse Watch is in partnership with North Wales Police, work closely with field officers from World Horse Welfare, RSPCA and local equine charities and rescues. They use local knowledge, compassion and trust to ensure situations come to a satisfactory conclusion.
In 2015 they started educational visits to equine establishments, colleges, universities, schools, young farmers clubs, pony clubs police cadets and clinics. A hands-on approach to crime prevention, animal welfare, legislation and safety.
To find out more by visiting the website click on the button below.