People who own horses are likely to be unfaithful to their spouses, a survey by an ex-marital website has found.

EllicitEncounters.co.uk says that horse owners are up among dog and cat owners as the people most likely to cheat on their partners.

In a survey of 2,000 “unfaithful spouses”, the website discovered that the most common pet for cheaters to keep is a cat (45%), followed by a dog (29%) followed by horses and ponies (8%).

Interestingly, a higher percentage of male cheaters keep horses horses (9%) than women (6%).

Sarah Hartley from EllicitEncounters.co.uk suggested that horses fit well with the demographic of a “cheater”.

“Horses cost a lot to keep,” she said. “Our clientele earn £5,000 more than the average Brit, so perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised that their conspicuous consumption stretches to their choice of pets.”