The Horse Trust is looking for volunteers based in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire to help with its rehoming scheme.

The charity needs a volunteer to help assess potential homes for their suitability and visit horses that have already been rehomed.

Volunteers are also needed in The Horse Trust’s office in Speen, Buckinghamshire, to man the charity’s equine welfare helpline.

“Volunteer equine welfare advisors, or Horse Samaritans as we call them, play a vital role within our rehoming scheme and helpline,” said Liane Crowther, welfare and education officer at The Horse Trust.

“We need compassionate people with horse experience who are able to give difficult advice.

“People call our helpline with a wide variety of enquiries — everything from advice on managing laminitis to choosing a retirement livery yard.”

Both sets of volunteers will undertake an in-depth training scheme at the Horse Trust.

For more information about volunteering as an equine welfare advisor, or for a volunteer application form, contact The Horse Trust on 01494 488 464 or info@horsetrust.org.uk