About HorseWorld

Since its formation in 1952, the HorseWorld charity has been dedicated to saving the lives of abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses, ponies and donkeys.

HorseWorld is now responsible for over 140 horses, ponies and donkeys at our Bristol site and over 300 who have been re-homed throughout the South-West.

The charity also runs the ground-breaking Discovery educational programme. Find out more here

HorseWorld's vital 365-days-a-year animal welfare work is funded by voluntary donations. If you would like to help us transform the lives of horses, ponies and donkeys, you can do by supporting us.

HorseWorld is not open to the public on a day-to-day basis but we do hold Open Days throughout the year. Please see our events page for details.


The charity began life in 1952 as "The Friends of Bristol Horses Society" in a campaign to save the lives of working horses who were rapidly being replaced by motorised vehicles in industry.

Under the banner of “Retirement Not Slaughter” - for many were destined for the abattoir - the charity offered a safe haven in Bristol for the big-hearted horses, ponies and donkeys that had worked all their lives on the railways, in the dockyards, the coal mines, the armed forces and on the roads.

Read more about HorseWorld's history here.

Decades later working horses are largely a memory of the past. But there is still a very real demand for our work and we rescue, rehabilitate and re-home up to 100 abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses every year.