• Welcome To

    The National Equine Welfare Council

  • Welcome To

    The National Equine Welfare Council

  • Welcome To

    The National Equine Welfare Council

  • Welcome To

    The National Equine Welfare Council

  • Welcome To

    The National Equine Welfare Council

  • Welcome To

    The National Equine Welfare Council

  • Welcome To

    The National Equine Welfare Council

Since its inception in 1977, as a forum for like-minded equine charities to share ideas and welfare concerns, the National Equine Welfare Council C.I.C. has become a nationally recognised and respected member body that unifies the sector on matters of welfare concern.

It is the NEWC’s mission to protect the welfare of the horse, pony, donkey and mule by ensuring that everyone who has an interest or association with an equine makes its health and welfare the overriding factor in all decision making.

It is NEWC’s mission to raise awareness of equine welfare issues and to help improve equine welfare standards nationwide.

NEWC membership provides an assurance to both the public and the industry that equine welfare is the priority. Through working collaboratively with the industry and its members, NEWC is committed to improving efficiency through sharing information and resources.

Streamlining education, regulation and enforcement initiatives are NEWC key objectives to ensure horse welfare standards steadily improve.

The NEWC network is very wide with over 70 members throughout the UK which include equine welfare charities large and small as well as a multitude of organisations from the equestrian and veterinary sectors of the equine industry.

Latest News

NEWC welcomes British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) as new members

We are very happy to welcome British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) as new members of NEWC!

BARTA provide advice, direction, training and accreditation for those involved in the rescue and trauma care of animals to maintain professional standards and competencies.

BARTA’s primary objectives are to safeguard the public and emergency responders and to improve the welfare and viability of animals at emergency incidents.

Find out more about their vital work here: bartacic.org

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Equine Charities Forge New Welfare Partnership with Farriers

The Horse Trust and Redwings Horse Sanctuary have united to create an online course for farriers on Equine Welfare and Legislation, as part of their ongoing commitment to improving the lives of equines in the UK.

Farriers are sometimes the only equine professionals to come into contact with owners of equines whose welfare is compromised. By reaching owners early with helpful advice or signposting to assistance, farriers can help stop potential welfare cases from arising, which is essential to the work of the charities in fighting the current equine welfare crisis in the UK.   

Similarly, equine welfare charities regularly come across horrific cases of neglect, many of which include extreme cases of negligence involving feet. For cases such as these, often the key to a successful prosecution is the evidence provided by the farriers. Giving evidence in court as a professional witness can be daunting but the difference a farrier testimony can make is invaluable.

Welfare charities recognise that farriers are at the forefront of equine care provision, they build strong relationships with clients and are therefore in a unique position to promote positive welfare.

This course was created based on the vast experience that The Horse Trust and Redwings Horse Sanctuary have in dealing with welfare concerns, and it draws on the work that has already been done in the sector around important issues such as biosecurity and disease prevention.

Designed with the busy farrier in mind, the course is 100% online, easy to follow and packed full of additional resources and helpful contacts. The course will provide farriers with the tools and resources to provide advice, report concerns, attend welfare cases and provide evidence to a court if required.

Both equine welfare charities and farriers are vitally important to the health and welfare of equines in the UK and, by working together, expertise and resources can be shared to develop knowledge, and improve the lives of equines across the country.

Jeanette Allen, Chief Executive of The Horse Trust:

“Throughout our history The Horse Trust has always had strong ties to the craft of farriery, recognising the intrinsic role they play with horses. Our experience dealing with legal cases involving equine neglect highlighted the important roles farriers play and this course shows our commitment to supporting and giving them confidence in this area. By collaborating with Redwings, we have been able to share a wealth of expertise from the equine charity sector to create a much-needed resource that all farriers can access and benefit from.”

Lynn Cutress, Chief Executive of Redwings:

“We are really proud to have collaborated with The Horse Trust on this training. We know farriers are often at the coal face of welfare issues, especially as they establish their businesses after qualifying when they may more often encounter novice owners who require extra help and support. The offline course we developed to help with this issue has been shown to broaden their understanding of equine welfare and the role of welfare organisations. Now, thanks to The Horse Trust, this course is accessible to many more farriers and we hope it builds their confidence to call on us if ever they would like support.”

Ben Benson AWCF, DipWCF, Master Farrier, ATF:

“In today’s society we see so much more litigation and accountability that as working farriers we are often asked by clients or horse owners to make decisions or give opinions without sometimes the ability to fully understand what we as the professional can and cannot say in situations that we come across. Sometimes it is even just knowing what to say or how to say it appropriately. This is an excellent course that all farriers and apprentices can do that really does add to our professional development. Thank you for putting it together for us in such an easy format!”

Daniel Harman AWCF, Master Farrier:

“With the course being 100% online it makes it an easily accessible way to achieve some annual CPD points, in an area that is really relevant and topical for us at the moment. As a training farrier, I think this course will be a great introduction to welfare and legislation for apprentice and newly qualified farriers, who may not have come across any issues in practice yet. I think it will help build their confidence in knowing what a welfare case is, and on when, how, and who to report it to.”

To find out more and to register your interest in the course, please email: training@horsetrust.org.uk

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National Equine Welfare Council Appoints New President

The National Equine Welfare Council has appointed a new president following the retirement of former president, Dr Harry Greenway.

NEWC is delighted to announce that Dr David Marlin PhD has accepted their invitation to take on the role for a three-year period.

David is an internationally renowned equine physiologist and biochemist with over 25 years of experience in academia, industry and consulting and is an author of over 200 published peer-reviewed papers. His main areas of equine expertise are exercise physiology, nutrition, fitness, training, performance, thermoregulation, competition strategy, transport and respiratory disease.

Dr David Marlin, NEWC President:

“I feel honoured and privileged to have been invited to take up the position of President of the National Equine Welfare Council. The pursuit of enhanced standards in equine welfare has been a cause close to my heart throughout my extensive career as a scientist specialising in equine physiology and nutrition. Over the years I have had the opportunity to work with many professionals in the field, spanning elite riders competing at the highest level, fellow academics who focus on research, clinical services and training within the equine health sector and of course, a myriad of commercial businesses involved in the equestrian market. I hope that these established connections will benefit the National Equine Welfare Council, enabling us to engage with a wider audience to promote the code of practice for welfare organisations involved in the keeping of horses, ponies and donkeys. I must of course also thank the outgoing President, Dr Harry Greenway, who has devoted so much of his personal time to the Council and has been so pivotal to its success. I will do my best to emulate his exemplary service.”

Nic deBrauwere, NEWC Chair:

“NEWC recognise the valuable contribution David makes to understanding, challenging and communicating on matters of equine welfare by drawing on his vast scientific expertise.  David’s active work with all levels of the equine industry means he is ideally placed to offer NEWC guidance and counsel as well as encourage an active interest by the wider equestrian world in the work of NEWC.”

As part of its Strategic Plan, NEWC aims to raise its profile by increasing its membership and being an asset to individuals and organisations with an interest in equine welfare and to support those who are looking for more information about the subject and the sector.

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Newly published Welsh Govt. CoP for Animal Welfare Establishments

The Welsh Government has published its Code of Practice for animal welfare establishments across Wales.

The Code was developed by the Animal Welfare Network for Wales (AWNW) with support & input from Welsh Government officials and using the NEWC Code of Practice as its basis.

The Code explains what animal welfare establishments need to do to meet the standard of care required by the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The Code can be viewed or downloaded here: Code of Best Practice for Animal Welfare Establishments

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Learned Helplessness in Horses

This article is a worthwhile 5-minute read - how to identify and prevent 'learned helplessness' in horses and ponies - with comment from NEWC Director, Dr Carol Hall.

The Slippery Slope to Learned Helplessness in Horses – The Horse

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Munchkins Miniature Shetland Rescue Welcomed as Members of NEWC

We are pleased to announce that Munchkins Miniature Shetland Rescue has joined NEWC as new members.

Munchkins were established in 2014 and specialise in the rescue and rehabilitation of miniature Shetland ponies. They currently rehome ponies within a 30-50 mile radius of their centre in East Devon on a long term loan basis. Find out more about their work here: mini-munchkins.org

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Please help us avoid a horse welfare catastrophe – RSPCA (England and Wales) blog by NEWC Director, Dr Mark Kennedy

Dr Mark Kennedy, NEWC Director and RSPCA Senior Scientific Manager for Equines, has written a blog about the 'horse crisis' explaining how we got here, the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic, and what can be done to help!

Read more here: RSPCA blog - The Horse Crisis

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NEWC Welcomes New Member - Here4Horses

NEWC are delighted to welcome Here4Horses as new members of NEWC. Here4Horses is an equine charity based in the North East of England primarily focusing on rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming.

They are committed to securing better lives for horses and ponies by offering refuge and rehabilitation to equines in distress and in delivering training – promoting humane, skilful, evidence-based methods – to those who love, care for and train horses.

Find out more about their work here: here4horses.org.uk

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SSPCA Welcomed as Members of NEWC

We are delighted to welcome the Scottish SPCA as new members of NEWC!

The Scottish SPCA are Scotland’s animal welfare charity and have been on-hand to protect animals and prevent cruelty for 180 years.

Over almost two centuries, they have grown to become a national charity that celebrates the strength of the human-animal bond and enriches the lives of animals and people by:

  • championing animal welfare and encouraging respect and kindness for animals
  • educating people of all ages about the welfare of animals
  • promoting the importance of the human/animal bond and the advantages gained from animal companionship
  • bringing those who abuse animals to justice
  • caring for, rescuing, rehabilitating, releasing and rehoming

The Scottish SPCA are proud to be at the forefront of preventing cruelty to animals, investigating abuse across Scotland and enforcing the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.

Find out more about their work here: scottishspca.org

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NEWC Welcomes New Member - Shy Lowen

We are excited to welcome Shy Lowen Horse & Pony Sanctuary as new members of NEWC.

Shy Lowen is an equine rescue and rehoming sanctuary based in Liverpool. With a strong focus on education, they became a registered charity in 2008, working to provide a safe haven, care and rehabilitation for equines in need.

Many of the rescue horses and ponies arrive at Shy Lowen with behavioural problems and are handled using training methods based on Intelligent Horsemanship, making learning as easy and stress-free as possible.

Horses and ponies are rehomed on a permanent loan basis once their health is restored and rehabilitation is complete. Those who are not suitable for rehoming are cared for by the sanctuary and are available to the public for sponsorship. In some cases, a direct home transfer can be arranged without the need for the animals to go into the sanctuary.

As well as supporting a team of young volunteers at the sanctuary, they also provide therapy facilities for local schools and groups for individuals who find benefit from equine-assisted learning and therapy.

Find out more about their work here: ️shylowen.com

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