Princess Anne is leading the way in supporting World Horse Welfare in their rehoming campaign by adopting a 14 year old Welsh cob.

The mare, called Annie, has been living at the rescue centre for the past three years but will now live out her days hacking round Gatcombe park and helping to herd the sheep and cattle.

HRH the Princess Royal said, "Annie has a good temperament and I thought it was silly to look for something else when I have got the space to rehome her. I hope more people think of calling or visiting the charity when looking for a new horse. Rehoming from a charity is easier than people think."

This year there has been a 32% drop in rehoming figures and the charity, of which Princess Anne is president, estimates there are 7000 horses at risk of neglect or abandonment.

World Horse Welfare Chief Executive Roly Owers says, "Once again our President HRH The Princess Royal has shown outstanding support. By rehoming Annie, our President is making space for another horse to get the care it needs and we urge other members of the public to do the same before winter sets in." 

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