Who are we?
We are dedicated to the welfare
of equines in Ireland.
Find out who we are and what we do
The Irish Horse Welfare Trust, Charity No. CHY14634 was established in 1999 to help the plight of horses in Ireland and is Ireland’s largest dedicated equine charity.
It was established to deal with Ireland’s forgotten horses and to have a dedicated centre that is equipped for dealing with equines. We care for an average of 70-80 horses and ponies at our Equine Centre in Woodenbridge, Co Wicklow. In recent years we have had up to 100 rescues as a result of high numbers of stray & abandoned equines.
At our Equine Centre we deal with many rescues most of which are suffering from severe neglect and cruelty. Our welfare officers will work with local Gardai and Government authorities when necessary.
The cost of running IHWT is over €300,000 per annum so we rely on donations from members of the public to continue helping horses who have suffered. The length of rehabilitation of equines at IHWT will vary depending on injury and the condition of the horse/pony when they are rescued. IHWT has a huge rescue and re-homing success rate with hundreds of horses and ponies re-homed in Ireland, all who would have died through neglect if it had not been for IHWT intervention. In some cases, decisions have to be made to put an equine to sleep, in order to minimise an ongoing disease or serious complication.
You can make a real difference by making a donation or by re-homing one of our rescues.
Our mission is to take into care, rehabilitate and re-train where possible, neglected, abused or unwanted horses and ponies for the purpose of re-homing them and to educate the public in order to prevent neglect or abuse of any equine.
This work is carried out alongside and with the support of our horse industry partners. We endeavour to work with state agencies and other animal welfare organisations.
Horses and ponies are re-home to suitable homes with adequate facilities and to persons with adequate knowledge and where a home check has been satisfactorily carried out. We aim to do routine follow up checks on equines and will take an equine back upon request of a loaner.
Where an equine is sick or injured or there is no reasonable chance of rehabilitation, recovery or re-homing, those equines are euthanized by a veterinary surgeon.
We believe that all equines should be well cared for according to their physical, physiological and behavioural needs an kept in compliance with the legislation governing equine ownership in Ireland.
We are 100% dedicated to our primary goals