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Since 1937 HAPPA has been saving equine lives.

About HAPPA2021-10-06T16:16:22+01:00

Our Vision…

Our vision is to make sure horses, ponies, donkeys and their hybrids that have suffered cruelty or neglect are offered a second chance by being rehomed to private homes, ensuring these homes have the necessary knowledge and experience to ensure the equine’s welfare will not be comprised during the rest of its lifetime.

To view our Strategy Document click here.

Our Main Beliefs:

  1. Every rescued equine deserves a Second Chance in a Forever Home.
  2. Every equine deserves a quality lifetime instead of the main focus being longevity of life.
  3. Every equine has a purpose – rideable or companion. They all have a place in society.
  4. Education and support will help to improve standards of equine care.

Our mission is ‘To strive to give a Second Chance to abused, neglected and unwanted equines through Rescue, Rehabilitation, Rehoming and Education.


HAPPA’s Equine Inspectors investigate over 300 cases of cruelty and neglect each year that have been reported by members of the public. HAPPA Inspectors play a key role in the co-ordination and enforcement of codes relating to the ‘Five Welfare Needs’ and provide expert advice and support to horse owners. They are also able to educate in such cases when an equine’s welfare is compromised due to lack of knowledge.

Where possible our Inspectors offer guidance and assistance. However, we will take action via prosecution, or on occasion offer the ability to sign legal ownership to the care of HAPPA, where we find cases of cruelty and neglect.


Rescued equines are taken into HAPPA’s care to prevent further suffering. Where assistance is needed the Charity will sometimes work in collaboration with other welfare agencies. All equines are taken to Shores Hey Farm, Burnley where they will receive initial treatment and care in the Yvonne Gregory Isolation and Assessment Unit followed by a bespoke care and rehabilitation package.

By responding to calls from the public and other agencies regarding cruelty, neglect and abandonment we can continue to investigate and offer help to the equines who need us.

If you have concerns save a life today by completing the online form.

HAPPA Rescue
HAPPA Rehabilitation


Every equine that arrives at Shores Hey Farm is stabled within our purpose built Isolation and Assessment Unit where they will spend a minimum of 21 days. Assessments for health, condition, behaviour and confirmation are carried out by our Isolation Team and the Veterinary Surgeons. We may also seek advice from a specialist Equine Dietitian and the Farrier will commence any remedial work. Any treatments and medications will be administered immediately, contagious and zoonotic diseases are diagnosed and treated accordingly.

After this period, once integrated into the main herd, a rescued equine begins their Journey to be matched with a Forever Home through the Charity’s Loan Scheme.

All HAPPA horses, ponies or donkeys of any age are given a Second Chance of finding their Forever Home.

Although we work tirelessly to ensure they have the best care and attention we sometimes have to say goodbye to those who have suffered too much at the hands of their previous owners.


HAPPA have five categories Rideable, Companion, Project Horse, Temporary Foster Care and Veteran. Using our experience, we match up potential homes to our horses, ponies or donkeys to ensure that we find them a Forever Home.

We understand that circumstances can change and equines may need to be returned, but we pride ourselves that they will always have a stable here at HAPPA. Our process is simple:

  1. Do you fall within our Rehoming area?
  2. Seen a horse or pony you like?
  3. Is it available to be rehomed?
    1. Yes – All currently available equines are advertised in the Reception noticeboard at Shores Hey Farm and online.
    2. No – If your chosen equine is currently not advertised he or she will still be undergoing the Rehabilitation process and will not be available to be applied for.
  1. Find your chosen equine here.
  2. Fill in the application for your chosen equine here.
  3. Our Rehoming Team will be in touch. See our questions page for the full process of Rehoming after completion of the form.
  4. We are unable to keep data or contact details for people in relation to equines currently unavailable for Rehoming.
HAPPA Rehoming - Companions
HAPPA Education


We pride ourselves on sharing the knowledge and expertise we have within our Welfare and Care Teams. From our Own a Pony Days to our Equine Welfare Conference and Access All Areas Event, we cover how to care for an equine on both the inside and out. The Care and Welfare Teams have a vast amount of experience in all walks of life.

In an effort to bring educational content to all ages we have developed a new training course, The Beginners Guide to Horse and Pony Care. This is an onsite and online course that gives participants a basic introduction to horse and pony care.

Our onsite course is a full fun-packed day hosted by our Equine Care Team. Participants are taken on a learning journey, ensuring they acquire all key care knowledge which is necessary when looking after a horse. It’s an exciting opportunity for children (7+) and adults to take their first step in the equine world.

If you would like any additional information about the HAPPA educational events run by the Centre please ‘What’s on’ calendar or alternatively contact our team on 01282 455992.

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