An increasing number of horses may be in need of pet meds as an expert reveals there has been a rise in the number of welfare concerns about the animals.
Tony Tyler, director of UK welfare for World Horse Welfare, explained that since 2006, welfare officers have been receiving more calls regarding horses and there has been an increase in the number of welfare concerns that the charity's field officers have attended.
He said: "We are also taking in more horses into our four Rescue and Rehoming Centres which are currently at full capacity.
"As we are seeing a greater demand to take in horses, we are having to be more selective and can therefore currently only take in the most serious welfare cases."
Mr Tyler added that it is important to raise awareness of the horses and ponies the charity has available for re-homing.
He also said that many horses used in Riding for the Disabled are "crucial" to a person's therapy.