According to a leading equine charity, rehoming figures for horses are up on last year's by nearly 53%, with 119 horses having found new owners so far this year.

Rehoming Officer for World Horse Welfare, Tanya Element said,

“It’s really encouraging that more people seem to be turning to rehoming instead of buying a horse now, and it’s a breath of fresh air to be telling a positive story.”

The benefits of rehoming, other than knowing you have made a difference, is that you have unlimited support and advice during the horse's life. You can also give the horse back if your circumstances change.

Cappucino (pictured) is one of the lucky ones, after being rescued from a dark, cramped barn with a group of severely underweight youngsters and a lengthy rehabilitation he is now a pleasure competition horse.

Today he lives in the luscious Scottish borders with another World Horse Welfare horse, Windscott Wendy, who were both rehomed by Susan Ridley.

She says: “The pair are such great characters and incredibly attached to each other. Wendy, the wee one, doesn’t like Cappy to be away from her for too long.

“Cappy is a total gentleman, I’ve never had a single problem with him and he really takes care of Wendy as she is still growing up.

“Cappy likes to roll around in the grass and make all these funny sounds as he does it. He sits on his hind quarters like a dog, it’s very unusual but he likes to do it – he sits there quite happily for ages! Amazingly, Wendy even responds to voice commands now.”

Unfortunately there is still an increase in the number of neglected and abandoned horses.

“Already this year World Horse Welfare has taken in 166 horses compared to 142 in the same period last year – a 17% rise so far,” says Tanya.

“In 2013 compared to 2012, for the whole year, we had a 76% rise in new and needy horses coming into centres and we are still dealing with the fallout from that, with many of them still looking for a home to go to.

“What with the horse crisis continuing to place incredible strain on the charity, rehomers like Susan are needed now more than ever. Every time a horse finds a home, a space is created for another in a desperate situation.”

The charity’s newly released ‘project horse and pony’ category means that you get to experience the truly remarkable effects of rehabilitating a horse from desperate beginnings to a future of happiness.

For more information about horses who are ready to be rehomed as project horses and ponies visit: http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming/