Dog walker discovers dead horse on common land
Concerns have been raised after a dog walker found a dead horse on common land between Clyne Golf Club and Clyne Farm in Swansea. It is the sixth dead horse to be found in the area in a fortnight, with four being found Cefn Bryn in Gower and one on the south of Clyne.
It is believed that the horses may have died due to their owners no longer being able to afford to look after them.
The animals die as a result of starvation or health problems such as lung infections after being left to fend for themselves.
Peter Lanfier, chairman of the Gower Commoners Association, said Swansea Council had alerted them of the latest discovery and said that he believed that the problem has occurred as a result of a drop in the horse market.
Owners buy horses for sale at an extremely low price then abandon them once they realise how much it costs to keep them.
He said: “Because ponies are so cheap to buy, some people are thinking they can buy one for a couple of pounds.” “But when they realise that it costs £25 to £35 a week to look after a pony they are dumping them. The reality hits them.
“It is a national issue and is happening in most places. The animals just cannot survive in the wild for themselves.” It costs the Gower Commoners £150 each time to dispose of a dead horse.
"There is also a big bill to dispose of these dead horses, because they are not chipped or passported we can't find the owner, so we have to do it," Mr Lanfier said.
Redwings Horse Sanctuary recently said that it had seen an increase in the number of reports regarding abandoned horses in the last few years.
In 2011, the sanctuary received 450 reports regarding abandoned horses across the UK. In the first three months of 2012, the sanctuary has already had 396 reports. “This is an ongoing problem, not just in Wales but across the UK,” said the sanctuary’s spokeswoman, Nicola Markwell.
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