Bransby Horses has seen a concerning increase in calls to their welfare hotline, from horse owners struggling to afford the upkeep of their animals.
Last year they received 108 calls from members of the public looking for advice on what to do if they could no longer keep their horse and received 22 direct requests to take ownership of their equine.
So far this year, the equine welfare charity has already received 25 direct requests to take ownership of horses from private homes – more than the whole of 2021. Half of them stated this was due to financial reasons.
Welfare manager, Rachel Jenkinson, said: “We urge any owner who is concerned about their horse or struggling financially, to get in touch with us so we can help before it becomes a problem. Although we may not be able to assist with taking over ownership, we can offer advice and support to ensure the best outcome for everyone.”
According to the Institute for Government’s most recent research on ‘the cost of living crisis’, a combination of high inflation outstripping wage increases and upcoming tax increases are squeezing incomes for many households.
When dealing with a potential welfare issue, the charity’s 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.
To report a welfare concern or for advice and support call the charity in confidence on 01427 787369. This phone line operates Monday to Friday, 8.30 am – 4.30 pm.
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