Ireland now has a National Equine Health and Welfare Council, to promote and improve horse welfare in the country.

Welfare groups decided to join forces after a meeting hosted by the Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT) and UK equine charity Redwings on 4 November.

A website will be launched shortly and a further meeting held in the new year.

Anyone wishing to be part of the group, or to learn more, should contact

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (8 December 2011)