Since 1937 HAPPA has been saving lives. Whatever the decade, or indeed the century, we have strived to improve equine welfare.

Our founder, Miss Mona Huskie was ahead of her time and campaigned tirelessly to prevent the export of live equines to the continent and over the years, we have risen to many challenges. We’ve cared for pit ponies, working Shires, former Police Horses, ponies in Dartmoor and many abused, neglected and abandoned animals. Each era has brought new and different things for us to deal with and our working practices have adapted to help us meet those challenges.

The world is a much busier, faster and in some ways more demanding place than 1937 but, like the HAPPA custodians before us, we have to change how we do things from time to time to place us in the best position to care for the equines that need our help. Equine care, income generation, legislation, technology, are all areas of continuous change and we must meet these challenges head on as to do what we have always done and pay no heed to our future would be the greatest disservice we could do for the animals that rely on us and our friends and donors who generously support us.

We are proud of our history and eagerly anticipate our future.

HAPPA’s Equine Inspectors investigate over 300 cases of cruelty and neglect each year, offering advice and support where possible and preventing cruelty by intervention and prosecution where necessary. They have a wide range of expertise on all aspects of equine welfare and are fully conversant with the laws relating to the application and implementation of equine legislation within the Animal Welfare Act 2006; Animals Act 1971; Horse Passport Regulations 2009; Control of Horses Act 2015.

HAPPA Inspectors play a key role in the co-ordination and enforcement of codes relating to the ‘Five Welfare Needs’ and provide expert advice to horse owners. Where possible our Inspectors offer guidance and assistance to improve equine welfare, including the issuing of advice notices allowing people time to make improvements to meet the standard of care. However we will take action where we find cases of cruelty and neglect and against those who remain non-compliant.

Our Inspectors facilitate educational talks and workshops to encourage a consistent approach and raise awareness towards the importance of equine welfare following best practice.

HAPPA Inspectors often Network with other Welfare Organisations and members of NEWC (National Equine Welfare Council) and are involved in many discussion groups and inter-agency events to raise awareness of and help address regional issues relating to equine care and welfare.

HAPPA Inspectors are available to investigate complaints of cruelty and neglect and operate Mon-Fri during the hours of 9am -5pm (excluding Bank Holidays). Please note that your calls are important to us. We operate a traffic light system and give each complaint a priority code. RED (24 hours) AMBER (3 working days) GREEN (7 working days). Please call 01282 455992 or email equineoperations@happa.org.uk


Here at Shores Hey Farm Rehabilitation Centre, in Burnley Lancashire the HAPPA Yard Team are dedicated to finding every horse, pony or donkey in our care a Second Chance in a Forever Home, to do this every equine admitted to the Centre must be rehabilitated ready for rehoming. Our dedicated Equine Care Officers work tirelessly to create bespoke rehabilitation plans for each equine at the Centre.

Every admission to the Centre completes a 21 day isolation period, for the duration of this period the equine is housed in the HAPPA (tailor made) Isolation and Assessment Unit; a strict isolation protocol is adhered to at all times to reduce the risk of cross contamination of disease and infections to the main yard. During this time any ailments are treated and a behaviour assessment completed, this is the beginning of the rehabilitation process; the initial behavioural assessment gives the Care Team an indication of suitability for rehoming.

When the equine has finished the 21 day isolation period, without displaying any signs of ill health, it is then moved onto the main yard where a bespoke rehabilitation and socialisation plan is created for the equine by our Senior Care Team. An Equine Care Officer is then allocated the equine to work with and is tasked with the job of ensuring that the equine is ready for rehoming in the near future. Along the way the horse, pony or donkey may need a little extra help of reaching this goal this may be in the form of veterinary treatments, orthopaedic or physical therapies, remedial shoeing and or dental treatments. If the equine is capable of ridden work then it will begin with groundwork, progressing to backing and schooling stages until ready for rehoming. If being rehomed as a companion then socialisation and exercise regime begins.

As soon as the HAPPA horse, pony or donkey has completed the rehabilitation process and is recommended as ready for rehoming by the HAPPA Senior Care Team then the team work very hard to find that equine a perfect match in a Loan or Foster home. If you would like to help our team with the fantastic rehabilitation work they do then please consider becoming a HAPPA Second Chance Sponsor, your support really will help us to give every horse, pony or donkey in our care a Second Chance of finding that Forever Home.

HAPPA continually strive to improve and promote equine welfare through rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming and education.

Can you offer a Forever Home to a HAPPA Horse?

Our Loan Scheme enables certain HAPPA horses, ponies and donkeys to be placed with suitable Borrowers under a legally binding agreement. HAPPA have an outstanding reputation for Rescue and Rehabilitation and produce quality horses & ponies that are fit for purpose and go on to achieve great things. Let HAPPA find the perfect partner just for you. From a dressage horse to happy hacker, pony club pony or cuddly companion, we have them all!

Our Equine Support Team provides a robust aftercare service offering guidance and advice to enable our horses to remain in long term homes. We are on call anytime to answer any queries you may have about your HAPPA equine and conduct a mandatory visit twice a year to ensure that the quality of care meets HAPPA’s high standards.

There is a waiting list for rideable animals but as we try our best to match the right borrower to the right animal, not everyone has a long wait! We have three sub categories of re-homing ride-able, companion (non-ridden) and fostering.

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