Two new leaflets have been produced by the National Equine WelfareCouncil (NEWC) in response to the high number of requests from horse owners struggling financially after being hit hard by the downturn in the economy.
The leaflets – Responsible Re-homing and Cutting Cost without Compromising on Welfare – aim to help them look at ways to keep their horse by cutting back on unnecessary costs and where this is not possible, advice is given on how to secure the best future for the horse.
Nicolas De Brauwere, NEWC chairman and senior welfare veterinary surgeon at Redwings Horse Sanctuary, said: “The horses long-term welfare should be the paramount concern when it comes to re-homing and these leaflets will be a valuable information source for anyone who is struggling.”
The leaflets were produced as a result of collaboration between members of the NEWC. These leaflets are the first to be produced by the group and will be made available free of charge to all NEWC members. The group intends to continue working together to help raise standards in equine welfare through education and support.
Rebecca Evans, vice chairman of the NEWC and welfare manager at The Horse Trust, said: “In the current financial climate, charities cannot justify the cost of duplicating effort. It makes more sense for NEWC members to work together in order to reduce costs and I think in this case two excellent documents have been produced.”
Both leaflets are available to download from the NEWC website.