The Arab Horse Society

of Great Britain

Would you like to donate towards Arabian horse welfare?

Your donations to our Welfare fund are much appreciated. The AHS donates funds to many other Charities who in turn are helping our breed.  We list many useful contacts who at some stage have all helped the breed and for that we are extremely grateful.

Mrs Ann Green is the Society Welfare Officer and can be contacted on 07803 128235.

One of the objects of The Arab Horse Society, as stated in its Memorandum of Association is to prevent cruelty to horses and ponies and, to that end, Council annually appoints an AHS Welfare Officer who signs the AHS Code of Conduct and works within Society guidelines.

The Society’s Welfare Officer is able to advise concerned members about organisations which have the necessary legal powers to act on matters of welfare, cruelty and re-homing. The Society itself has no legal powers to undertake any of the above matters but will always try, through its Welfare Officer, to give guidance and impartial advice.

The welfare of Arabian horses throughout the UK is a prime concern of the Society. Owning and caring for an Arabian horse can give great pleasure but there is also a big responsibility that requires long-term care and financial commitment to ensure its wellbeing.

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 requires that you ensure any horse, pony, donkey or mule for which you are responsible, whether on a permanent or a temporary basis:

Has a suitable environment in which to live

Has a healthy diet

Is able to behave normally

Has appropriate company

Is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease

 


Loaning Horses

This can be a useful arrangement if approached in a professional manner; here are a few simple guidelines to avoid potential problems:

  • Personally visit the stables where you intend to send the horse, do not reply on a third party;
  • Draw up an arrangement for both parties to sign (even if it your best friend!) to include;
  • Purpose of loan - breeding, riding and any restrictions of use
  • Insurance details
  • Responsibility of costs e.g. vets, worming, farrier etc;
  • Details of any payments
  • length of contract and purpose
  • Visiting rights
  • Ask for references;
  • Photograph your horse before it leaves as proof of its health and condition; and
  • Any equipment should be well labelled and an inventory drawn up with copies to both parties.
A sample loan agreement can be found on the BHS Website by clicking
BHS Sample loan agreement

Loan agreements can be registered at Windsor House.

Sending horses for Training/ Showing either Under Saddle or Inhand

Owners who send their horse to a training yard to be produced in-hand or under saddle, are responsible for the welfare of their own horse; personally check on a regular basis that their horse is well cared for and happy and ensure you have a contract drawn up between the trainer and yourself. Many of the details/checks listed for loaning a horse are equally applicable to those going for training or show production.

Rehoming

Here are two leaflets produced by the National Welfare Council that offer some practical support
Obesity

Obesity is becoming a major concern; many people are unaware of the suffering and welfare issues it can cause horses and ponies. Attached are two fact sheets produced by the World Horse Health that members may find of interest.
Responsible Breeding
A useful article on responsible breeding.

Euthanasia

This is not an easy subject at any time, please read this article written for the AHS; its aim is to help members make an informed decision.

Click here for a list of some Licensed Horse Slaughters throughout the UK and a link to the Hunts Directory of the UK.


Useful Contacts (click on the links below)

World Horse Welfare Organisation Telephone 08000 480 180

Redwings

RSPCA    Emergency line 0300 1234 999

National Foaling Bank   Telephone 01952 811234 anytime

The Welfare Function of the Arab Horse Society
The Welfare Function of the Arab Horse Society