Stolen Bransby horses found safe and well after charity appeal

Three horses that were stolen from their rescue home paddocks near Lincoln have been recovered, and their care transferred to another organisation.

The Bransby Horses rescue and welfare organisation, which is one of the UK’s largest equine welfare charities, reported the theft of three cobs from its Lincolnshire site on Friday, February 20.

The padlock on the field that the horses were being housed in had been cut overnight on February 20. The charity reported they had been crammed into a small cattle trailer, followed closely by a car.

The charity posted appeals on social media and said the three horses were found on Thursday, February 24 after a caller recognised them from appeals when walking her dog. They were located on land in Little Hale, Seaford.

The location of the horses has not been disclosed, and no arrests have been reported.

Bransby Horses External Welfare Manager Ryan Rouse said: “Bransby Horses are pleased to announce that the three horses stolen from the Lincolnshire site last Friday have been identified and transported to a safe environment to continue their veterinary care.

“A huge thank you to everyone who shared our post and remained vigilant over the last week, the support has been overwhelming.

“All three horses appear unscathed from their recent ordeal and are settled into their new environment. Due to recent events the charity felt unable to house them, but do hope to have regular updates from their new care provider.

“A caller has been listening to the radio and recognised the horses from the description when walking her dog. We hope to receive regular updates on all three horses that we will be sharing with all that have been so kind to help find.”