Thirteen horses have been tethered to chains in a field belonging to a Grantham firm, by a family of travellers.
The family have parked up their caravans on land in Earlesfield Lane and put their horses in a field adjacent to Grantham Engineering, in Harlaxton Road, on Tuesday.
And they did so without asking for permission, said a spokesman for the engineering firm.
He said: “The horses were in a field half a mile up the road, opposite The Farrier. They’ve removed them from that field and deposited them here.
“It’s an inconvenience to us to have horses there – and we don’t know what’s going to turn up next.”
He added: “If the owners can’t deal with them properly on their own land then they shouldn’t have them.”
The firm has instructed a bailiff company, 24 Hour Bailiffs Ltd, to liaise with the owner of the horses and arrange for them to be removed.
Director Gary Goy travelled to Grantham yesterday (Thursday) to serve a notice to the traveller family, giving them four days to remove the horses.
Under the Control of Horses Act 2015, ownership of the animals transfers to the landowner, Grantham Engineering, after that period. If the horses are not moved, Mr Goy will remove them and they will be sold at auction.
However, he hopes that if they remain in the field after Monday, local horse-lovers will offer to rehome the animals.
Mr Goy added: “My wife and daughter have horses. I’ve got a great big conscience and I’d want to see them go to good homes.”