Last year, Bransby Horses reached their 50-year anniversary of rescuing horses, ponies, donkeys and mules from mistreatment and neglect. It has been half a century since the founder, Mr. Peter Hunt rescued his first horse, Sally, and gave her a second chance of a happy and healthy life. Today, the charity has almost 1,000 equines in their care. 430 equines live on the site in the hamlet of Bransby, Lincolnshire and more than 520 live in foster homes.
Rosanna Elliott Hart, Rehoming Manager, gives us an insight into how the charity manages this many animals:
“We make a promise to each equine we rescue, to be there for them for the rest of their life. Our teams here work hard to give every equine the best chance of recovery and a good life and our fosterers do a great job looking after many of our horses, in their own homes, with support from us. This allows us to continue rescuing horses, ponies, donkeys and mules that desperately need our help. We rescue about 100 each year and aim to rehome 100 each year so we can maintain this careful balance. It’s not easy and is never straightforward but we have a very committed and passionate team who work hard to do everything possible to bring each equine back from the brink and give them a second chance.”
The charity is at a tipping point and this is why the land at Langworth was purchased a year ago, by the charity. The land at Barlings will be used to generate funding but also offer opportunities for the horses to experience different environments, ones without strict biosecurity measures in place. It is hoped that some of the equines will move to the additional site (not intended to be a visitor site) by 2021.
Some of the conditions the charity has rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules from have been dire and many of the animals, when first brought in, have had a very traumatic start in life. Bransby Horses is committed to raising awareness and funds to continue protecting and enhancing the lives of equines and the 51-year-old charity depends entirely on public support.
People who want to help can do so in so many ways and every penny makes a difference. Donations of cash, preloved goods, second hand tack or time (though volunteering) are hugely valued by the charity. Legacies are the lifeblood of the charity, providing 63% of the funding the charity needs to be able to continue, each year (Source: Report of the Directors and Audited Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 December 2018 for Bransby Horses Trading Limited). For more details, visit: www.bransbyhorses.co.uk
Registered charity number 1075601
Bransby Horses is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales under number 03711676.
Registered office: Bransby House, Bransby, Lincoln, United Kingdom, LN1 2PH