Equine Health & Safety

Equine Health & Safety is the section of Baxters Rescue website, that contains information about the health, safety and welfare of horses and ponies.

In addition to the attachment of Acts of Parliament, Statutory Instruments, Codes of Practice and Guidance notes, a new quarterly publication entitled Horse & Pony Welfare has been launched and further information about this will be available soon.

All too often, Baxters Rescue receive calls from members of the public concerned for the welfare of a horse or pony they have seen, or someone else has spoken about.

A welfare officer from Baxters Rescue will attend every GENUINE report it receives of a horse or pony that is, or may be suffering and shall take the appropriate action where necessary.


It is your responsibility to fully understand your horse or ponies welfare needs and what the law requires you to do, to meet those needs - Animal Welfare Act 2006.


The Duty of Care

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 (“the Act”) requires you to ensure that any horse, pony, (and other equids), for which you are responsible, whether on a permanent or a temporary basis:

has a suitable environment to live in;

• has a healthy diet;

• is able to behave normally;

• has appropriate company; and

• is protected from pain, suffering, injury and disease.


Under the Act, animal owners and keepers are under a legal duty of care for the animals for which they are responsible on a permanent or temporary basis.

  • A person could therefore be responsible for an animal if they own it or are in charge of it.
  • An owner has ongoing responsibility for their animal even if another person is in charge of it.