What We Do

The Society for the Welfare of Horses and Ponies (SWHP) has been run as an equine rehabilitation centre for more than 35 years, and has taken in more than 1000 sick, injured or abused animals and nursed them back to health.

There are usually between 30 and 40 horses and ponies in care at the SWHP at any one time, and no animal ever leaves the Charity's ownership.  When fully recovered they are not sold, but enter our loan scheme and are found homes matched to their age, fitness and capabilities.

Loan homes are checked regularly, and the SWHP now owns and is responsible for the well being of more than 330 horses and ponies, ranging from former racehorses to Shires and Shetland ponies.

The SWHP is near monmouth, with 30 acres of grazing and stabling for up to 35 horses including field shelters with special corral area's.  We have an isolation unit and also a fully equipped special care unit where animals which are too weak to get to their feet unaided can be cared for in slings.  This has saved many lives.

Animals arriving at the SWHP are frequently suffering from starvation, dehydration and internal parasites (worms) and lice, and usually their feet and teeth have been neglected for far too long.  Some have sever injuries.

In addition to their health problems, many new arrivals have never been handled, while others may have suffered cruel treatment.  As a result they may need many hours of quiet work in the handling area and the round pen, to restore their trust in humans before they can be  reliable enough to go to new homes.