The British Horse Society

The British Horse Society

At a glance


  • Animals / wildlife
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Sports
  • Training / employment support

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


Our primary objectives, as published in the Constitution, are:

  • To promote and advance the education, training and safety of the public in all matters relating to the horse
  • To promote the use, breeding, well-being, safety, environment, health and management of the horse for the public benefit
  • To promote community participation in healthy recreation involving the horse
  • To promote and facilitate the prevention of cruelty, neglect or harm to horses and to promote the relief, safety, sanctuary, rescue and welfare of horses in need of care, attention and assistance
  • To promote and secure the provision, protection and preservation of rights of way and of access for ridden and driven horses over public roads, highways, footpaths, bridleways, carriageways, public paths and other land.


We want a world where every horse is properly protected and cared for and we want to ensure horse owners and riders get more from their relationship with horses.

We represent the interests of the 3.5 million people in the UK who ride or who drive horse-drawn vehicles. With over 89,000 core BHS members, 34,000 members of affiliated Riding Clubs and the members of Affiliated Bridleways Associations, we have a powerful voice with Government.

As the foremost and most influential equestrian charity in the UK we can bring to the fore the full scope of our charitable objectives in education, welfare, access and safety.

We work tirelessly for every horse, rider and carriage driver, focusing on horse welfare, horse and rider safety, access and rights of way, education and examinations, and working with the proprietors of riding schools, livery yards and trekking centres to maintain the highest standards. We also work in partnership with many other organisations, not least the British Equestrian Federation, to promote the interests of all those who participate in equestrian activities.

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