Animal welfare charities rescue horses from floods

Equine welfare charities HorseWorld and World Horse Welfare attended a location in Christchurch (Dorset) to rescue horses that were at risk due to floods. The recent devastating weather conditions are affecting both humans and animals alike.

During these past few weeks the UK has faced relentless bad weather and endless rain making it the wettest January since records began in 1766, and it appears likely that it will turn out to be the wettest winter overall on record too (BBC News).These severe weather conditions have been devastating for home owners, business owners and of course our farmers. According to a recent BBC news report, many farmers have been struggling with flooded fields and ruined crops and also transport problems have also made it difficult to get supplies such as bedding and feed.

 Since the flooding began, HorseWorld has assisted on the Somerset levels by moving animals to safety and out of flood water and also in Frome and along the river Avon helping equines that were at risk of drowning.

But most recently, Jerry Watkins and Marcus Kearton from HorseWorld were called in by World Horse Welfare’s Phil Jones to assist them on a rescue of 4 horses which had made their way to a safe area of land to avoid rising flood water.  They had swum onto neighbouring land but unfortunately had no permission to be there so needed to be removed safely and moved to a new drier home. 



Previous to this, HorseWorld had visited this particular site three times in an attempt to rescue these feral animals. Unfortunately the three previous attempts weren’t successful as the equines were very frightened and unhandled so took off at the first sign of help. However, hay was left for them and they were closely monitored by their owner and World Horse Welfare.


On the fourth attempt HorseWorld staff along with staff from World Horse Welfare managed to round up the 4 equines and secure them on dry land inside a holding pen.  After a close examination these animals were transported to a secure yard where they will remain safe and dry until they are allowed back home.

The owner of the equines is said to be extremely happy at the way this rescue operation was conducted and even more delighted now that her 4 horses are safe and well at one of the World Horse Welfare’s Rescue and Rehoming Centres.  Director of National Welfare at HorseWorld has commented that “We have assisted in many rescues this winter , it has been one of our busiest but with potentially more bad weather forecasted we urge you to keep you and your animals as safe as possible. We are working very closely with other equine charities to help a record numbers of horses during this period of extremely bad weather”.

Article by: Amy Williams

Posted on: 21st April 2014