Charities are joining forces with the police, council and vets to hold an action day in Bakewell to promote responsible horse ownership.
The country is currently in the grip of an equine crisis as overbreeding, falling horse prices and rising care costs have led to thousands of horses being neglected, dumped and in some cases left starving to death.
In response to the crisis the RSPCA, Redwings, British Horse Society, Blue Cross, World Horse Welfare, Derbyshire Police, Derbyshire Dales District Council and Jamieson Vets have teamed up to hold the Equine Link day offering practical support to horse owners.
For a donation of £20 owners can bring along their horses to have a health check by an specialist equine vet, micro-chipping, a passport application, worming and assistance with future castration.
Chris Shaw, an equine inspector for the RSPCA, said: “All charities including the RSPCA are absolutely stretched to the limit by the current horse crisis. We have almost 900 horses, donkeys and ponies in our care and only 115 places at our specialist equine centres.
“We are dealing with more calls from the public to help horses and we are having to rescue more and more of them because they are been dumped, neglected and abused.
“Having a horse can be very expensive and we know that owners are feeling the pinch. We have teamed up with other charities, the council and the police to give responsible horse owners the chance to have their animals seen by the experts, wormed, microchipped and passported at cost price.
“These Equine Link days have already helped hundreds of horses elsewhere in the country and we hope this one in Bakewell is just as successful.”
The number of equines rescued by RSPCA inspectors in Derbyshire since the start of the horse crisis (2009 - 2013) has risen by 400 per cent
The number of calls to the RSPCA from the public concerned about horses in Derbyshire has increased by almost a third (27%) since the start of the horse crisis
Last year the RSPCA received on average 11 calls a week from the public worried about horses in Derbyshire
The action day is being held at Bakewell Livestock Market Site Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1AH on Thursday 17 July from 10am to 4.30pm.
There will be access for horseboxes and trailers on the day via the car park gateway and horses walking or driving to the event can also use the livestock market car park.