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
This can be a useful arrangement if approached in a professional manner; here are a few simple guidelines to avoid potential problems:
Lease/Loan Agreements must be lodged with The Arab Horse Society at Agriculture House.
- 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.
Useful Contacts (click on the links below)
World Horse Welfare Organisation Telephone 08000 480 180
RSPCA Emergency line 0300 1234 999
National Foaling Bank Telephone 01952 811234 anytime