North Wales Horse Watch

Gogledd cymru gwarchod ceffylau

Charity No:  1192124



Fly grazing 

This is the deliberate grazing of a horse without the landowner’s (private or local authority) permission.



A horse is deliberately left by an owner. Horses that are fly grazed may become abandonment cases if they are left for a period that risks unnecessary suffering or if an owner doesn't come forward to claim them when given notice to do so.


Horse watch have been involved with many abandoned and fly grazing ponies. We have successfully rehomed many horses and ponies to fabulous homes after the abandonment notice had expired.

If you have any concerns relating to these issues, please contact us and we will help with the process of an abandonment notice.


Contact North Wales Horse Watch Co-ordinator Helen Lacey


Loose horses

Horse watch have reunited so many horses, ponies, and donkeys with their owners. Many are found on the highway, some quite far from home. The team are called by the police to help identify the horses which we do by scanning, identification photos and social media groups. Our network of members is instrumental in identification and contacting the owners.

We manage to reunite the horses with the horses within that day and we always have a successful conclusion.


Horse Watch are often called to help with horses that are trapped, stuck in a fence or have been found struggling. We assist other agencies with incidents which help come to a satisfactory conclusion.


We have aided owners’ horses, ponies and donkeys in road traffic collisions, stuck in fences and ditches, lack of water and food and horses trapped in floods.

North Wales Horse Watch are members of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) and attend regular welfare meetings both locally and nationally.

We are here to assist people who may need help with advice and support and include equine welfare in our tutorials covering diseases, poisonous plants and code of practice.


Often horses that have been abandoned are emaciated and have neglected hooves, and many horses appear poor due to age or a medical condition.

If you find a horse distressed or in need of help, please call 

RSPCA 0300 1234 999


North Wales Horse Watch work closely with Field officers from World Horse Welfare. We use local knowledge, compassion and trust to ensure that situations come to a satisfactory conclusion.

Worried about a horse?

World horse welfare

0300 333 6000

UK Welfare hotline hours are 08:00-5:30 Monday-Friday.

For help with any horse care questions call +44 (0)1953 497238 in office hours