Action day in Derbyshire to tackle growing horse crisis

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Charities are joining forces with the police, council and vets to hold an action day in Bakewell to promote responsible horse ownership.

The RSPCA, Redwings, British Horse Society, Blue Cross, World Horse Welfare, Derbyshire Police, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Jamieson Vets have teamed up to hold the Equine Link day offering practical support to horse owners.

It comes as thousands of horses are reported to be neglected due to over breeding, falling horse prices and rising care costs.

For a donation of £20 owners can bring along their horses to have a health check by an specialist equine vet and also get them micro-chipped and wormed.

Chris Shaw, an equine inspector for the RSPCA, said: “Having a horse can be very expensive and we know that owners are feeling the pinch.

“We have teamed up with other charities, the council and the police to give responsible horse owners the chance to have their animals seen by the experts, wormed, microchipped and get a passport at cost price.”

The action day is taking place today at Bakewell Livestock Market, in Agricultural Way between 10am and 4.30pm.