What We Do

Bransby Horses rescues equines, rehabilitates them, gives them sanctuary care and offers equine advice and support to owners.

Welfare Hotline – 01427 787369

It’s difficult for many to believe that cruelty, neglect and abandonment still exists to such an extent in these modern times, however, the need for equine welfare charities such as Bransby Horses is ever-growing. Our site in Lincolnshire has experienced staff who can investigate welfare concerns and we work with local authority inspectors and the RSPCA to address serious cases that may lead to legal action.

To report a welfare concern or for advice & support please:

  • Call our Bransby Horses welfare Line: 01427 787369. This phone line operates Monday to Friday, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm.
  • Call, if Bransby Horses’ line is unavailable: RSPCA 0300 1234 999. This phone line operates between 7am and 10pm at present due to reduced staffing in light of COVID-19.
  • Email: welfare@bransbyhorses.co.uk
  • Report online using our web form
  • If there is a loose horse on the road, inform the police immediately by dialling 101. Give them as much information as you can, including the road number and location if possible

When reporting a welfare concern, please include as much information as you can. If possible, include the following:

  • Nature of the problem / call for concern
  • Number of animals involved
  • Colour and sizes of the animals involved (for identification purposes)
  • Exact Location (Postcode if possible, directions – including town name, village, road number, landmarks, access)
  • Contact number and name if possible (this will be treated in absolute confidence)

When dealing with a potential welfare issue, our External Welfare Field Officers’ first priority is to engage and work with owners to resolve issues through advice, support and education. Their role is never to judge people’s circumstances; they are there to help and to improve the welfare of equines.

Part of the role of the Field Officer is to monitor ongoing welfare cases and to gather evidence for prosecutions. This is a crucial part of achieving a successful outcome in court.

At all times our Charity must operate within the law. We don’t have the authority to remove an equine from their owner. As dictated by The Animal Welfare Act 2006, only a Police Constable, Local Authority Inspector or Council Animal Welfare Officer, on the advice of a vet, has the authority to seize an equine.

Seized equines can come into our care due to rulings under three sections of the Animal Welfare Act 2006: Section 4 (Unnecessary suffering), Section 9 (Duty of person responsible for animal to ensure welfare) and Section 20 (Orders in relation to animals taken under section 18(5)

Please be aware that welfare cases can go on for years. Many of the equines in question are kept confidentially in our care until a legal outcome has been decided. We’re therefore not able to discuss active cases as this could impact court proceedings.