New homes were found for a record number of horses and ponies during July as part of World Horse Welfare’s Rehome a Horse month.

The charity’s four rescue and rehoming centres, in Aberdeenshire, Norfolk, Somerset and Blackpool, managed to rehome 31 horses and ponies compared to 12 in the same period last year.

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said: “We are thrilled with how well Rehome a Horse month has been received.

“I am delighted that so many of our horses are now in loving new homes.

“Although this campaign has been hugely successful, we still rely upon members of the public to consider rehoming one of our horses at all times throughout the year as our centres are always bursting with a fantastic variety of horses.”

Of those that have been rehomed in the last month, one is now competing as top show pony whilst another is helping a disabled rider aiming for the Paralympics.

All horses come microchipped, with a passport and medical records.