The RSPCA is appealing for donations to help it prepare for an influx of horses and ponies desperately in need of help.

A financial recession could plunge the country into another horse crisis which has already led to thousands of dumped and dying horses last year, according to the charity.

The charity has taken in 82 horses during lockdown already, bringing the total number of horses in the charity’s care to 927.

This figure is much more than the charity can care for at its own centres, forcing the charity to pay for three quarters of horses to be housed at private boarding stables.

The welfare charity said: "The worst is yet to come.” Sparking fears that more sick horses will be dumped across the Midlands if, as expected, the Coronavirus crisis sparks a UK and global recession.

Threats of a financial recession this year has led to fears that irresponsible horse breeders will continue to breed their animals in a bid to turn a quick profit and that existing horse owners will struggle financially to keep their animals and cover vet bills.

The charity spends approximately £5200 per year for the care of each horse taken in - that’s over £4.8 million each year.

The RSPCA fears existing horse owners will struggle financially to keep their animals and cover vet bills. Credit: PA Images
2,116

Reports of incidents involving incidents relating to horses in lockdown alone.

927

Horses were in the RSCPA'S care nationally during lockdown, leaving its rescue centres full.

20

Reports about horses in Nottinghamshire have already been received since lockdown.

"The public’s help is absolutely vital to keep the RSPCA afloat during this extremely difficult time. We can’t stress how much we need loving homes for our horses and ponies, and we are urging those with experience of horses to please consider http://www.rspca.org.uk/homesforhorses one of our wonderful rescue horses. Last year, we rehomed 242 horses and ponies to loving new homes, with many going on to become superb children’s riding ponies, happy hacking horses, fantastic project youngsters, and wonderful retired companions.”

Christine, RSPCA

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