Charities warned of surge in abandoned horses
Horse charities are being stretched to their limits as a result of the economic climate, which is seeing a surge in the number of animals abandoned.
Up to 7,000 horses are at risk this winter, which could be the worst crisis in horse and pony welfare for 25 years, the Southern Daily Echo reports.
The Epona Trust charity is calling on the government to put stricter controls in place on horse owners, so that strays can be linked back to who they belong to more easily.
Carol Boulton, chairwoman of the charity, told the news provider: “The difficult economic conditions recently have meant people have less money to buy and care for a horse and unfortunately some irresponsible owners dump them.”
The cost of taking care of a horse is around £3,000 a year and many local councils do not have the resources to do this properly, despite having responsibilities for strays.