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Economic problems ‘have led to a rise in abandoned equines in Wales’

Horse insurance customers may be concerned to learn that one expert has claimed the tough economic climate is contributing to an increase in the number of abandoned equines in Wales.

A spokeswoman from the Lluest Horse and Pony Trust in Carmarthenshire told the Western Mail that the organisation expects the numbers of ponies dumped by owners to continue to rise.

Emma Kurrels, trust manager, told the publication: “Over-breeding by irresponsible owners and the economic climate means there’s currently no market for these ponies.”

She explained that to “unscrupulous dealers” this makes the horses worthless, which means many are abandoned to fend for themselves.

Owners struggling to deal with the cost of getting medical treatment for their steeds may want to consider taking out equine insurance to help them pay the bills.

Last month, Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare said many of those who purchase equines are unaware of the responsibilities they are taking on.

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