Body of horse found on Spalding river bank
Officials say they are hoping to remove the body of a horse which has been found on a Spalding river bank.
The Environment Agency says it is hoping to remove the corpse as soon as possible.
Walkers have been distressed after the body was discovered under the A16 bridge close to Spalding Power Station last week.
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Very sadly we received reports of a dead horse on land owned by the Environment Agency on Tuesday, March 16.
“We are arranging for the horse to be removed as soon as possible.”
The British Horse Society has been highlighting recently the problems that are faced by the country’s equine population.
Gemma Stanford, Director of Welfare at The British Horse Society (BHS) said: “Britain’s equine over population crisis is often the main cause of many equine welfare issues. Sadly, horses suffer on a daily basis because there are not enough experienced owners to look after the increasing number of horses.
“People can acquire a horse cheaply or for free without realising that looking after a horse properly can cost thousands of pounds.
“As a result of this, horses get neglected and are left to die as owners don’t have the money to spend on vets bills or humane euthanasia.
“At the BHS, we believe that prevention is more successful than cure which is why we promote horse welfare through education, in order to prevent cases of neglect, with an aim of reducing the number of horses needing to be rescued.
“Our welfare volunteers in the UK regularly respond to calls of horses in distress and we also run Healthcare, Education and Welfare Clinics which offer support and advice to owners.”