Dutch recession affects horses

Over 4,500 horses have been put down in the Netherlands in the first six months of 2012 compared with 3,400 in the whole of 2011 according to a report in the daily tabloid NRC.next.

According to the report many horse owners have underestimated the cost of maintaining the animals and are trying to sell them or sending them to slaughter because of the difficult economic times.

Police are also reporting a rise in cases of neglected and abused horses and ponies.