Worried About A Horse?

What to do if you find an equine in trouble

There are many reasons why a horse or pony should be reported. These include:

  • Significantly underweight or overweight
  • Lack of water or food
  • Overgrown or poorly-kept hooves
  • Obviously untreated injury or disease
  • Poisonous plants in the field
  • Unsafe field or stable conditions
  • Abandoned animals
  • Incorrect tethering

If you are concerned about any of the above welfare issues please contact:

The British Horse Society (tel: 02476 840517 or email welfare@bhs.org.uk.).  For out-of-hours emergencies call 02476 840575 and then call the mobile phone number given in the answer-phone message.  Please note that this number is only for genuine emergencies that cannot wait until the office is open.

The RSPCA’s 24-hour national cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

World Horse Welfare‘s freephone Welfare Hotline on 08000 480180 between 8 a.m. and 5.30 p.m., Monday to Friday.  For more information click here.

The information you will need to give these organisations will include:

  • The nature of the problem.
  • Horse(s) details – number, colour, gender (where known), age (where known).
  • Owners details (where known).
  • The location of the horses. The more information you can give the better; a postcode is ideal. Even if the precise address is known, please try to give additional local information such as nearby main roads and landmarks.
  • Your contact details (a telephone number on which you can be reached..

If you have tried all of the above and the site is in Leicestershire, please contact  Equine Active Group