HRH The Princess Royal visited World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming centre to speak about the horse crisis after hearing that the charity took in 73% more horses lin 2013 than the previous year.

The Princess made a speech to over 75 guests about the scale of the task to help horses of Britain and had a tour around the centre to see how the charity is coping with the influx of horses.

Continued breeding of horses despite their decreasing value is putting a great strain on the organisation as large groups of horses are regularly found abandoned or neglected illegally on other people's land (fly grazing).

The Princess last visited the Blackpool centre in 2001 and even rehomed a horse, named Annie (pictured above), from the charity last autumn in the hopes that others would follow her lead.

Chief Executive of World Horse Welfare and Vet Roly Owers said, " I hope that by having the Princess Royal here today we can heighten awareness of this issue and get help for Britain's horses. Charities are full to the bursting with desperate welfare cases and cannot cope with the current numbers alone, something more needs to be done."