A Friesian horse has been killed in an attack in Greater Manchester.

The three-year-old, called Arwen, was found dead early on Monday (28 November) morning by its owners in its stables in Standish, Wigan. It is thought that he had his throat slashed.

“Police were called to a farm on Arbour Lane, Standish, following reports a horse had been fatally injured,” said a spokesman for Greater Manchester Police.

“A joint investigation is being conducted by police and the RSPCA into the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act following the incident.

“This was obviously very upsetting for the owner, to find their horse dead in the stables,” said an RSPCA spokesman.

“We will be pursuing this case along with the police and are now investigating the incident, to make sure we get the right outcome.”

A post mortem examination will be carried out.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7103.