After taking in almost 200 horses so far this year, World Horse Welfare (WHW) has launched a new fund-raising appeal – in the form of a board game.

The equine charity is now caring for a total of 428 horses and, with winter drawing closer, anticipates a further increase in the number of horses whose welfare is under threat. That’s why it is asking the public for help, through its latest innovative fund-raising appeal.

The appeal uses a board game called “The Journey to Happiness” to take supporters through the rescue and rehabilitation stages of one horse, Roxy, from arrival at a centre to rehoming.

Designed to show supporters just how many steps it takes to nurse one horse back to full health after it has been neglected, WHW believes the game can throw the spotlight on issues surrounding horse neglect.

Due to the rising number of large group cases coming into the charity’s centres, WHW needed to make some changes at its farms to ensure it was able to take in cases effectively.

Two specially designed intake systems have been installed at the charity’s Hall Farm in Norfolk and Penny Farm in Blackpool. The intake systems help WHW cope with the rising number of largely unhandled horses that need to be rescued in groups of 20-plus.

The charity will also be installing these systems as part of wider development at its Somerset centre, Glenda Spooner Farm, and in the setting up a system at its centre in Scotland, Belwade Farm, to ensure it is able to rescue large groups in all corners of the UK more effectively.

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