Equine Rescue & Welfare
Registered Charity Number: 1075601
Founded in 1968 by Mr Peter Hunt, Bransby Horses is one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities. Dedicated to improving the lives of horses, donkeys and mules, our teams are working harder than ever to continue making positive differences to equines whenever we can, through rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, education and by providing a safe haven.
As Bransby Horses approaches its 50th Anniversary year and we look back at what has been achieved, we feel incredibly humbled that the 600 acre site started as one man’s dream to alleviate equine suffering, when he purchased eight acres in the hamlet of Bransby in 1968.
Charity founder, Mr Peter Hunt, rescued his first horse in 1947. Sally was a four-year-old mare who was kept near a bombsite in South London. She was found tearing about with a tyre around her neck after the furniture van she was kept in had overturned in a storm. Peter rescued the young mare and when he moved to Bransby, Lincolnshire, to start the charity in 1968, Sally came too. One of the first horses rescued by the charity was a blind grey mare called Faith. Sally and Faith became firm friends.
The charity has grown significantly over the last five decades and is now one of the largest equine welfare charities in the UK, dedicated to improving equine welfare through rescue, rehabilitation, rehoming, education and providing a safe haven.
At our Lincolnshire Centre we are now caring for more than 400 horses, donkeys and mules; the highest ever number in the charity’s history. The charity also has a further 350 equines out in foster homes under the Friend for Life rehoming scheme.
In recent years, the demand for rescue has seen a dramatic increase for various reasons, including a lack of knowledge and financial hardship. In 2013 Field Officers rescued 67 equines, while in 2016, they rescued 144.
Thanks to public donations and legacies, a specialist quarantine unit (the Animal Reception Centre) was opened in 2013 to improve biosecurity and to enable the charity to better cope with the influx of equines in desperate need of help.
Legacies are a lifeline to our rescue and rehabilitation work, enabling us to provide a safe haven and secure future for animals that have suffered neglect or abuse.
Your Will is a very personal document and we understand that there are many responsibilities and wishes to think through; but when you do decide to make a Will or add to your current Will with a Codicil then we would be very grateful if you would consider leaving a legacy to Bransby Horses.
Annual funds that care for three out of every four horses come from legacies. Surprised? So are we – constantly but it shows how many people wish to be remembered and ensure their love of horses continues long after they have passed away.
Would you like to find out more?
If you have any questions, would like to request a legacy pack or would like to talk about making a Will please ring us, email us or call in to see us for a chat over coffee and cake – we would love to meet you and talk about it.
Phone: 01427 788464
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