They have been organised by the British Horse Society (BHS), with vets and veterinary supplies provided the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA), to help horses recognised by Welfare Officers as needing help.
Members of the animal welfare charity’s education and horse welfare teams have joined volunteers from the BHS, BEVA, Redwings and other horse welfare charities to give practical help to horses and to provide a friendly source of advice to their owners on health, welfare and breeding. To date 598 horses and ponies have attended clinics, receiving a combination of passports, microchips, worming and footcare. A total of 302 have been castrated. This year dental health checks have also been introduced.
Blue Cross representatives have attended eight clinics over the past two years helping to handle horses, process paperwork and passports and talk to owners about horse care and welfare.
Kerry Taylor, Education Manager at Blue Cross said: “We are proud to be able to help with this brilliant project. Working together with vets, students and other charity volunteers we are beginning to make a real difference to the lives of some of the horses needing help. Longer term, good dialogue with owners is helping to build positive relationships so that they have the confidence to seek friendly advice and support when they need it in the future.”
To find out more visit https://www.bluecross.org.uk/giving-horse-home