Supplies were delivered to several stables in Sumy Oblast province, as well as Bitytsya, Stetskivka and Miropyllya. © UEFCF

A new electronic system for equine evacuations from Ukraine has been developed with the aim of streamlining the procedure for removing horses from war zones.

Created by the Ukrainian Equestrian Federation Charitable Foundation (UEFCF), the electronic queue allows horse owners to register for collection, with horse evacuation trips to be made from Kyiv, Dnipro and Odessa to temporary stables in Lviv. Everything is free thanks to donations received by the foundation.

Horse trucks are filled according to the queue, and an owner can have four horses in the queue at a time.

The foundation has continued its supply races in Ukraine in recent days, providing food, bedding and supplies to Ukraine’s equestrian community, including at the Lviv Hippodrome where 300 horses stay.

There is also a new app for Ukrainians to register their requests for supplies and aid. The UEFCF has created a Chatbot called “Horse Gum Bot”, which collects all the information necessary for the distribution of humanitarian aid by region. Users answer 10 questions including stable location, number of horses and their most pressing needs. The chatbot will automatically forward the collected information to the UEFCF team. When supplies are due to arrive in the area, UEFCF volunteers will contact those who have requested assistance, so that they can collect it.

Russian troops withdrew from Sumy in northeastern Ukraine on April 4, and several stables and equestrian clubs have just received aid. The city had been under siege since February 24.

The local president of the federation, Mykola Ivanovych Alifanov, picked up supplies and delivered them to Sumy. “For the riders of Sumy, the situation is very difficult and unstable, people are scared and desperate,” the UEFCF said.

“The help received gives people a little more confidence and hope for the future.”

how to help

Donations of hay or haylage, compound feed and shavings are required, in bags up to 20 kg. When donating please inform the foundation so that the logistics can be arranged. This information is used to plan supply runs.

Donations can also be made by bank transfer or PayPal.