Every horse remembered

Eight million horses, donkeys and mules died in World War I from shellfire and gas attacks, freezing mud, exhaustion, and mud-borne and respiratory diseases.

What is Every Horse Remembered?

Every Horse Remembered marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, when surviving war horses began the next and, for most, the last painful chapter in their lives.

When our founder Dorothy Brooke went searching for these forgotten heroes, she found walking skeletons working as beasts of burden, their hard labour keeping people in Cairo out of poverty. Supported by the generosity of the British public she was able to establish the Old War Horse Memorial Hospital, where Brooke’s story began. 

Brooke's Chief Executive Petra Ingram reads Dorothy Brooke's letter to the Morning Post.

Horses at war

  • The UK government purchased horses from Australia, Argentina, USA and Canada.
  • Many horses died on the sea journey from America because a horse cannot vomit and seasickness kills them.
  • Horses on the Western Front were provided masks that were effective against chlorine gas.

Read more facts about WWI horses

celebrities and equestrians support #Everyhorse

Read about the celebrities and well-known equestrians - including Clare Balding and Olympic gold medallists Charlotte Dujardin and Victoria Pendleton - who are supporting #Everyhorse on Twitter.

Today, 100 million equines are working worldwide in punishing environments like the searing heat of brick kilns and coal mines, and treacherous icy rivers and mountains. They help around 600 million people in the developing world work their way out of poverty. 

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Four churches in Coverdale, North Yorkshire, joined to host the open-air War Horse Remembrance Service.