Welfare home takes in record number of horses in 2012

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Last year was noted as being hugely successful in terms of the sporting excellence of equestrian in both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

However, it was not all positive in the world of equine as a number of animal charities struggled to deal with the huge amount of horses that were abandoned this year.

Bransby Home of Rest for Horses received 156 horses and ponies through its gates in 2012, which is the highest number in its 45-year history.

The majority of cases arriving at the charity's two centres in Herefordshire and Lincolnshire were rescued from situations involving neglect and cruelty.

Head of equine operations at Bransby Philip York commented: "Although rescue is a vital part of our job, we also work hard to help many owners find solutions that allow them to carry on caring for their horses at home."

A number of equine welfare charities predicted that there could be as many as 6,000 horses at risk this winter if more people don't come forward to help them out.

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