Our Impact

HorseWorld has been providing services to rescue and rehabilitate horses, donkeys and mules for more than 70 years. Since 2007 we have been running a successful Discovery programme providing Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) support to young people who are struggling in mainstream school. In the past year we have begun to measure the impact of our charitable activities, which results from capturing the outputs and outcomes of our day to day work.

In this section you will find the details of our 2022 activities, and testimonials from the young people, parents and referrers involved in our discovery programme. In 2021 we undertook an external evaluation of our Family Fund initiative, and you will see the outcome of this research which demonstrates significant benefits from a relatively small sample size. Anyone who has the opportunity to spend time with an equine friend, knows the positive impact this can have, but at HorseWorld we are determined to provide an increasing amount of credible evidence to support our impact.

Over the next few years as we implement our new 5-year strategy, we will report more details of our impact, to enable our supporters to better understand the true value of our life changing work.

We work alongside the police, fire and rescue services, local authorities, vets and other charities to rescue horses, ponies and donkeys in the South West of England.

Horses that come into HorseWorld's care often need emergency care and we have vets on call 24 hours a day to assist with rescues. Our dedicated equine team work around the clock to save the lives of horses.

Once we rescue a horse and it has been nursed back to health we can begin rehabilitation work. Our training team work patiently with horses from all backgrounds, in most cases we don't know their history, so training begins with the smallest steps to gain the horses trust. Some horses go on to have wonderful ridden careers whereas others have psychological and physical problems, so they live a quiet life as a companion pony.

All the horses here have a story to tell, some have happy endings and some do not but all horses that come to HorseWorld for how ever long, will know what it's like to feel real love and care.