British Horse Society to Launch Responsible Breeding Campaign

The British Horse Society (BHS) has announced plans to launch a Responsible Breeding Campaign later this year. The campaign is sponsored by South Essex Insurance Brokers.

In a statement, the group said they are alarmed by the number of horses and ponies being bred in the UK without adequate consideration being given to the animals' future. Whilst many, including the BHS, have long held these concerns, the current recession has brought the issue into even sharper focus.

The horse market has slowed down and rescue centers and sanctuaries are full to bursting. With an estimated 1.35 million horses and ponies in the UK, the group says there are simply not enough experienced and knowledgeable homes to cope with the current equine population. The BHS is urging everyone involved with horses to think very carefully before breeding a foal and adding to the problem.

"You only need to visit one of the lower end horse markets to see the impact of equine overproduction--poor quality horses and ponies going for less than the price of a good night out," said BHS Welfare Senior Executive Lee Hackett. "Our welfare officers have many distressing stories of where these horses end up and I'm sure it's not what their breeders originally intended.

"We are hugely grateful to South Essex Insurance Brokers for their very generous sponsorship of this campaign. Thanks to them we are able to highlight this very genuine equine welfare issue and hopefully encourage people to think carefully before breeding from their horses."

The BHS is planning a number of events for the campaign. Read more at the BHS Web site.  

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