Since 1937 HAPPA has been saving equine lives.

Our founder, Miss Mona Huskie, was ahead of her time and campaigned to prevent the export of live equines to the continent. A  group of like minded individuals joined with her to prevent suffering of horses, ponies, donkeys and mules. Named in The Times as ‘A campaigner for equine rights’, Miss Huskie fought tirelessly to ensure a future for 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.

A lot has changed since those days, but one thing remains constant, HAPPA will continually strive to improve and promote equine welfare 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 and contact us on 01282 455992 or email equineoperations@happa.org.uk

Every equine that arrives at Shores Hey Farm is stabled within the 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 four categories in which you can rehome and care for your perfect match under our legally binding private loan agreements- Rideable, Companion, Temporary Foster Care and Veteran. Using our experience we match up potential Borrowers 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. Our process is simple:

1) Express interest by completing our online application form.

2) Wait to hear from our Equine Development Officer for a perfect match.

3) If we have an equine suitable you will be invited for a riding/handling assessment where you are given the opportunity to meet the equine more than once.

4) Home Inspection, this is conducted by our Equine Action Team, this is a non-invasive home or livery yard visit to ensure that the arrangements for the equine are satisfactory.

5) Agreements are drawn up and signed; the legally binding document on the terms of the loan of a HAPPA equine. Delivery or collection is also arranged, payment of loan fees and proof of 3rd party insurance is to be provided.

6) The Equine Support Team are on hand to offer support and guidance, you will then receive a three week courtesy call, six week visit followed by six monthly visits to ensure all is well.

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