A record-breaking number of horses have found a new home in the past two months, according to equine charity World Horse Welfare.

The organisations’ “rehome a horse month” in September helped 44 horses find somewhere new to live. In October a further 41 were rehomed — doubling the average number of around 23 rehomed each month throughout the rest of 2015.

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The charity has recently launched a new website to help make the process easier. It currently has 1,700 horses out at homes around the UK.

“We are absolutely delighted to see the huge boost in the number of horses rehomed over the past two months, and would like to thank everyone who has supported us in reaching these figures,” said World Horse Welfare’s Tony Tyler.

“We’re always adding new horses and ponies to our scheme and we’ve worked hard to promote the variety and quality of our horses, as well as the advantages of rehoming over buying or breeding.

“While it is very positive to see this boost, we still need to keep this momentum going, particularly as we’ve now entered the winter when we desperately need the space in our four rescue and rehoming centres to take in more horses in need of our help.”

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Spike arrived at World Horse Welfare in July 2011 as an emaciated yearling.

He was rehomed with Patricia Pomp in Suffolk in 2013.

Spike has been in work properly for around three months and has started competing in local dressage competitions and he recently won his first prelim.

“I would not hesitate in recommending rehoming to other horse owners as the charity has so many lovely horses just waiting for kind owners,” said Pat.

To find out more visit: www.rehoming.worldhorsewelfare.org

Ref: H&H 3/12/15