Useful resources

Owning and caring for a horse can be a source of great enjoyment but is also a big responsibility with a long-term caring and financial commitment.

Fact sheets

Access our library of very useful Communities For Horses fact sheets here.

Emergency Lines

If your horse needs urgent help please call one of the following lines for immediate assistance:

To report a welfare concern or in case of an emergency please contact Communities For Horses - Mobile 07563 067 478. Our welfare line is open 24 / 7.

Private Practices

Cotts Equine
Available 24/7 for emergencies
Call  01834 860871

St.James Veterinary Group
Emergencies out of hours are seen at our Parkway branch: call 01792 200900. Please have your surname, your pet’s name, and the branch at which your animal is registered available before phoning.

Charitable Organisations

Communities For Horses
24/7 Emergency equine helpline
Call 07563 067 478

24-hour cruelty line to report cruelty, neglect or an animal in distress.
Call 0300 1234 999

World Horse Welfare
Welfare Hotline If you are concerned about a horse in the UK. Open between 8 am and 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday.
0300 333 6000

Legislation around horse ownership

If you need any help in understanding how the legislation applies to you, please do get in touch or call Lisa, our Outreach Director.

Control of Horses Act 2015 (pdf)

Animal Welfare Act 2006 (webpage)

Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014 (webpage)

Horse care and welfare

Code of Practice for the Welfare of Horses, Ponies ... (pdf)

Code of Practice for the Welfare of Equines

Click here to view

Code of Practise for the Welfare of Equines 3 Preface Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (“the Act”), if you own or are responsible for an animal

Code of Best Practice for Animal Welfare Establishments

Welsh Government Horse Guidance for Keepers 2020

Equine Register