World Horse Welfare is struggling to cope with the demand for places at its UK rehabilitation centres and claims the situation is related to a “dramatic rise” in the number of equines suffering as the result of abuse or neglect.

World Horse Welfare is struggling to cope with the demand for places at its UK rehabilitation centres and claims the situation is related to a “dramatic rise” in the number of equines suffering as the result of abuse or neglect.

World Horse Welfare is struggling to cope with the demand for places at its UK rehabilitation centresAt the beginning of October, World Horse Welfare was looking after 319 horses and ponies at its rehabilitation centres in Norfolk, Aberdeenshire, Lancashire and Somerset. This compares to 268 in January – a time when demand for places is generally higher.

The charity is seeking new owners for rescue animals currently in their care.

Deputy chief executive Tony Tyler said: “We have seen a number of welfare cases this year involving many horses rather than just one or two. This, along with poor spring weather and rising hay and feed prices has put pressure on places at our farms.

“With winter coming on I am concerned that the numbers will rise still further, so we need to re-home some of our current residents as soon as possible to make more spaces available.”

Information on the horses and ponies available for re-homing can be found on the World Horse Welfare website.

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