There are too many horses and not enough homes says leading horse charity World Horse Welfare as it launches its urgent rehoming campaign with HRH The Princess Royal leading the way as she rehomes charity horse, World Horse Welfare Annie.
The campaign comes after a dramatic 32% drop in rehoming figures while taking in 23% more horses than in 2012.
At a time when 7,000 horses are at risk of abandonment or neglect charities need to be proactive in finding ways to tackle the current horse crisis.
While horses continue to be bred on a large scale despite their decreasing value and the remnants of an economic crisis continues to affect households all over the UK, horses are getting left out in the cold.
With another harsh winter on its way thousands of horses left abandoned or neglected will leave charities physically unable to cope.
Charities including World Horse Welfare, RSPCA, Blue Cross, British Horse Society, HorseWorld and Redwings have been asking for government and public help for almost a year. The first warning came as charities asked what would happen to the 6,000 horses at risk of being abandoned or neglected if charities did not have the space to take them in. The second warning came six months later, this time there were 7,000 at risk and the number of horses in need of good homes continues to increase in the UK and Wales.
HRH The Princess Royal understands the problems that charities are facing currently in the horse world and does her bit to free up space for those horses in desperate need of rescuing and rehabilitating by rehoming World Horse Welfare’s horse, Annie. The Princess hopes that others will follow her example and rehome rather than buy a horse when there are so many horses in desperate need of homes right now.