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Almost 50 horses rescued from neglect and suffering in Cornwall

Almost 50 horses rescued from neglect and suffering in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:02am 8th October 2019. (Updated at 8:38am 8th October 2019)

WARNING: You may find the below photo upsetting

It has been revealed that almost 50 horses were rescued from neglect and suffering in Cornwall last year.

On top of that, the RSPCA was contacted about 376 incidents relating to horses in 2018 in the Duchy alone.

Now the animal welfare charity is urging people to help give the equines in need a loving home, as part of 'Adoptober'.

Find out how to adopt a horse and all the ponies looking for homes here.

The RSPCA helped 328 horses across the country find new homes last year, but 886 remain in the charity's specialist equine centres and private boarding stables.

"We have been dealing with the effects of the horse crisis for almost seven years now, seeing sick, dying or dead horses up and down the country being neglected or dumped like rubbish (pictured right.)

"It's heartbreaking that we had to rescue more than 1,000 horses nationally last year. We and other charities are struggling to cope with the large numbers continually coming into our care. We need help from fellow horse lovers. Please, please, please consider adopting your next horse from a charity instead of buying. 

"Not only does it mean you won't be inadvertently funding irresponsible breeders and dealers but you'll be freeing up a space in our specialist centres for another needy horse, helping us as we work to rehome the hundreds currently living in private boarding stables."

Dr Mark Kennedy, equine welfare specialist at the RSPCA

horse dumped like rubbish RSPCA
A horse was found 'dumped like rubbish' by the RSPCA

The RSPCA says over-breeding, the high costs of vet bills, the rising cost of hay and feed and falling demand for some types of horses have all contributed to the horse crisis, which has left charities struggling to cope.

The charity has three specialist equine centres - Lockwood in Surrey, Gonsal Farm in Shropshire and Felledge in County Durham, and equine rehoming facilities at Millbrook in Surrey, Southridge in Hertfordshire and Leybourne in Kent.

The centres are full with hundreds of rescued horses and ponies, and many more are being cared for in private boarding stables or looked after by foster carers.

"Many people know how rewarding rescuing a dog or cat can be, and what a fantastic range of animals come into our care looking for new homes, and we really hope horse people will see that it's the same for horses - we have some excellent horses and ponies just waiting for a chance in a new home.

"I have rescue horses myself, and know how satisfying it is working with them and bringing out their full potential. In particular, mine have been very responsive to clicker training and it has helped bring out their playful and intelligent nature. 

"Seeing horses who have had a bad start in life developing into fantastic companions or successful riding and competition horses is incredibly rewarding, made even better by knowing you are helping other needy horses by freeing up spaces for them in welfare charity care".

Dr Mark Kennedy, RSPCA

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