Verderers in the New Forest are offering a reward of £1,000 for information after an emaciated horse was found dumped last week.
The dead horse was found on Monday 11 January by the agister for the Ocknell area of the forest.
The coloured cob is thought to have been about three years old and was reported by the police to have been in an “appalling condition”.
The mare was emaciated and police suspect she may have been suffering for some time. There was blood around her head.
Tyre marks found in the snow near to the dumped horse indicate that the vehicle used to transport the animal had double wheels on the rear axle.
Dumping any animal in the Forest, whether dead or alive, is an offence, punishable through the magistrates’ court.
The Verderers have decided to offer a reward of up to £1,000 for information that leads to the successful conviction of the person responsible.
Anyone with information should contact Hampshire police on: 08450 454545.