The British Horse Society (BHS) reveals it has reached more than 1000 horses at its mobile Healthcare and Education clinics. This milestone achievement was reached on the launch day of its new SEIB Healthcare vehicle.
The UK is in the midst of a horse over-population crisis, with too many horses and not enough knowledgeable owners to look after them, resulting in an increase in the number of cases of abandonment and neglect. The proactive Healthcare and Education clinics are in place to provide education, support and advice to owners, helping to stop this continual cycle and prevent horses from getting to the point of needing to be rescued.
The clinic was held in Castleford, West Yorkshire on Wednesday October 17 where a total of 69 horses were in attendance. All the veterinary support was provided by British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) members who had volunteered their time via the BEVA Trust.
The Healthcare and Education clinics offer services such as castration, worming, foot care, dental checks, passporting and micro-chipping and provide a wealth of information and advice to those who may not have regular access to healthcare for their horses.
The BHS also proudly launched its new Healthcare vehicle at the clinic following receipt of a generous £50,000 grant from South Essex Insurance Brokers (SEIB).
The BHS was one of eight charities invited to submit detailed proposals for the grant which were then voted for by SEIB customers.
The new vehicle will be hugely beneficial to the Healthcare and Educations clinics, providing equipment such as gas rings to heat water for castration, a mini-awing to provide shelter and plenty of secure storage for the vast amount of equipment required. It will also ensure horses can be transported safely to and from the clinics or to veterinary hospitals if required.
Director of Welfare for the BHS, Gemma Stanford said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to not only SEIB for their incredibly generous grant but also to all those who voted for our proposal. The BHS’ aim is to improve welfare through education – we don’t rescue horses. Through our Healthcare and Educations clinics and day to day work we aim to break the cycle and stop horses needing to be rescued. The new vehicle will pay a significant role in achieving this goal.”
Marketing Manager for SEIB, Nicolina Mackenzie said: “It was great to attend the inaugural trip for the BHS Welfare vehicle purchased by SEIB Giving and witness, in person, its contribution to horse welfare and education within the wider equestrian community. SEIB Insurance Brokers are proud to be to be part of this initiative and wish the BHS many years of sustained activity with this super new vehicle.”
The clinic was run with support from a large team of equine vets volunteering via The British Equine Veterinary Association Trust. Further support was provided by Zoetis who provided all the wormers, BHS Welfare Officers, Bransby, Blue Cross, HAPPA, The Donkey Sanctuary, RSPCA, Wakefield Council, World Horse Welfare and Well Equine. 69 horses attended in total for a combination of different healthcare provisions, 30 horses were castrated and 58 were passported and microchipped.
Since its launch in 2015, the Education and Healthcare clinics have been visited by 1017 horses, 483 of which have been castrated. The clinics have also been supported by Redwings, SSPCA, TGCA, CHAPS, Safe4, HAPPA, Horseweigh, Baileys, Horsewatch, Police, Local Authorities, The Equine Register and many veterinary practices throughout the UK who have helped with aftercare and emergency on-call provisions.