RSPCA Cymru has responded to more than 500 equine welfare incidents since Wales went into lockdown in March – with the charity warning that further economic downturn could lead to an impending horse welfare catastrophe.

The warning comes as the charity launches its month-long rehoming drive – Adoptober. An appeal has been launched to experienced horse owners across Wales to consider adding a rescue equine to their family, if they’re in a position to do so.

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The overworking of horses was the big issue at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair*, during which temperatures soared.

 

“We had to warn far too many people whose horses were being worked to exhaustion in the heat,” said RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy.

 

“It was an exceptionally hot few days – which gave the fair a real holiday-type atmosphere, and relations were good throughout – but quite frankly, they should have known better. A number of horses had to … Continue reading…

Officers from the RSPCA will be pulling on their drysuits to make a final sweep of the River Eden today, ahead of Appleby Horse Fair*.

 

The annual Gypsy and traveller event starts tomorrow (Thursday 2-Monday 6 June) in the Cumbrian town.

 

RSPCA staff removed about half a tonne of dangerous debris from the spot popular for the washing of horses, including gates, fence posts and rusty farm equipment last week.

 

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “It … Continue reading…

The death of two horses in a crash on the ‘flashing lane’ at Appleby Horse Fair* on Friday (5 June) has ‘overshadowed’ what was otherwise a good event for animal welfare.

 

The RSPCA appealed for information after the incident which happened on Long Marton Road, traditionally used for driving and riding horses at high speed to be shown off to potential buyers.

 

One horse died and a second horse had to be put to sleep by a vet … Continue reading…