Horse charities seeing increase in equine abandonments

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Equine insurance customers are likely to be alarmed to learn that horse charities across the country are seeing an increase in the number of abandonments of the animal.

Charities such as the RSPCA and Redwings Horse Sanctuary have seen the number of equines abandoned since 2009 almost triple and they blame the tough economic times along with long winters.

In 2009, 160 horses were reported by the Norfolk-based charity Redwings while this year the figure has risen to 392 to date and they are expecting the final total to be around 460 by the end of the year.

"Abandoning a horse is not only illegal but extremely cruel. And a charity is not the instant answer as many are already stretched to the limit," Redwings' Rachel Angell told Horse and Hound.

Costs of keeping an equine in certain parts of the country could be even higher in the coming weeks as reported cases of Atypical Myopathy have led to vets to advise horse insurance owners to keep their animals stabled and fed hay.

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