For out-of-hours emergencies, please call the RSPCA on tel: 0300 1234 999.
How to Report a Problem
In order to respond to your query and offer the most practical help and advice, we will need specific information. Please complete the attached form and include:
- The nature of the problem in line with the Five Freedoms below.
- Supporting photographs are very important to demonstrate the nature and scale of the problem.
- Horse(s) details including how many, gender, breed, colour and age (if known) and also horse(s) owner’s details if known.
- The landowner’s details (if known).
- The location of the horses including, if possible, the precise location with full address and postcode and any landmarks.
- Your contact details including an email address and telephone number where we can reach you – your details will remain absolutely confidential.
The Five Freedoms
There are many reasons why an equine may be distressed or need assistance, and Remus have chosen to align our Horse Welfare Watch with the ‘Five Freedoms’ identified by The Animal Welfare Act 2006, which enshrines the animal owner’s ‘Duty of Care’ in British Law:
- Freedom from hunger or thirst – the animal has little or no access to fresh water and/or food
- Freedom from discomfort – the animal does not have somewhere to lie down or gain shelter or exposed to extreme weather conditions
- Freedom from pain, injury or disease – the animal clearly shows disease, an untreated injury or perhaps severely overgrown hooves.
- Freedom to express (most) normal behaviour – the animal is tethered incorrectly and/or does not have sufficient space or proper facilities and living conditions. Further information on tethering can be found here
- Freedom from fear and distress – abandoned animals, those subject to dog attacks, low flying aircraft or similar or those suffering from any of the above
For genuine concerns, please complete the form above and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. For out-of-hours emergencies, please call the RSPCA on tel: 0300 1234 999.