About

Horse Rescue Scotland is a Scottish National Horse charity that aims to improve the lives of horses within Scotland through education, campaigning, and hands-on care.

Our Vision:

Horse Rescue Scotland’s philosophies, is a place where every horse is treated with respect, compassion and understanding.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to work with horses, horse owners, communities, organisations and the Scottish Government to help improve welfare criteria and eradicate anguish all too often uncovered with horse welfare cases.

Our Philosophies:

With everything we do, we aim to be:

1. Genuine in our approach, focusing on the practical to achieve what is possible now whilst mindful of the future

2. Sympathetic in our attitudes, behaviour and decision-making

3. Innovative in anticipating challenge and change, always seeking new ways of being more effective

Helping horse owners and keeping horses can be very complicated and confusing. There are so many things to think of and so much frequent conflicting information available. It can be difficult to know where to turn to for this factual advice best suited for your own individual needs as no two cases are the same. We are here to help and have some of the horse industry’s leading Equid welfare experts on call. We would far desire an owner to inquire if they are not sure about something. This could be anything at all; from knowing how to help a new horse settle in, to admitting that you’re struggling to cope. We aim to help horse owners every day by being there on the end of the phone to answer any number of queries, and by providing guidance face-to-face through our team of Equid welfare experts. What we would ask of you is to remember that this is a charitable service and are currently unable to answer calls immediately, but if you leave a voicemail message we shall endeavour to return your call as soon as possible. When you call, you will speak to someone who has a respectable knowledge; both of horses and the relevant legislation, and all calls are dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Horses have a role in society
Horses and humans have evolved a unique partnership, that horses have an important role in today’s society. Whether as working animals, family pets, equine athletes, conservation grazers or companions, horses contribute to our lives, cultures and economies. This co-operation is accurate so long as we the individuals take full responsibility for their welfare.

Long-term change
In all of our work we strive for long-term change rather than short-term fixes. We endeavour to treat the source of a problem rather than just the symptoms. Our focus is finding long term, sustainable resolutions that raise welfare standards in the short term as well as over time.

Realism
We are a charity that has confidence in taking a practical approach to solving problems. We focus our efforts on what is achievable, aspiring to work constructively with others to implement lasting change.

Clinical and Scientific evidence
The foundation of our work we base upon clinical and scientific evidence and on the wealth of our substantial amounts of horse care experience. We also support research to improve horse welfare.

Our volunteers help raise money and the awareness of our good work within their local communities and further afield!

There are lots of benefits to becoming a Horse Rescue Scotland volunteer. You will learn more about horses with our dedicated training regimes. Meet new people whilst making new friends. Develop or gain new skills and experiences to build into your CV which in turn will help you gain confidence and self-esteem. You will also become part of a valued team allowing you to give something back to the horses and ponies you have grown to love and respect.