If you believe that a horse or pony is in distress and needs help, you should contact AT ONCE any of the following, but please remember that not all organisations provide a round the clock service.
The British Horse Society – Telephone: 02476 840571/ 02476 840574 if outside office hours in genuine emergencies telephone 02476 840570
World Horse Welfare Hotline – Telephone: 0800 0480180
HAPPA – Telephone: 01282 455992
Bransby – Telephone: 01427 787369
Redwings Horse Sanctuary Welfare Hotline & Advice – Telephone: 01508 481008
RSPCA – Telephone: 0300 1234 999
SSPCA – Telephone: 0300 0999 999
If there are loose horses on the road/highway, please dial 999 and inform the police immediately, giving the road number and location. The Police and Local Authority inspectors, unlike other Welfare Organisations, have a legal power of enforcement.
In 2007 an initiative was launched by the equine industry following a number of incidents where horses had suffered during lengthy rescues. The work of Safer Horse Rescues aims to ensure minimal delays in an animal receiving veterinary care when trapped or involved in an accident, and to maximise the chances of a positive outcome for the animal and everyone involved.
Since 2007 BEVA has worked closely with the emergency services, veterinary profession and other stakeholders on a variety of projects to educate, provide support and guidance and raise awareness, in order to ensure that equine rescues are dealt with in a way that promotes welfare of the animal, in a safe environment for all involved. Please visit the Safer Horse Rescue website for further information.
If you require assistance locating a Vet please follow this link to the RCVS ‘Find a Vet’ search engine.