Posted by: KimBoland | March 11, 2016

A distressing situation and what we’re doing to rectify it

Background:

Over the past few weeks, there has been an unfortunately spate of ponies being found dead on Rhossili Down.

This distressing situation is something we take very seriously and we’re working in partnership with the RSPCA to do everything in our power to resolve this issue and ensure those responsible are dealt with accordingly.

The horses are owned by local farmers with commons rights to graze the hill and as such we’re legally unable to restrict those grazing here.

What we’re doing:

Our ranger team regularly check the footpaths and bridlepaths, and all of our commons on the Gower to try and spot issues before they arise and to swiftly remove fallen horses as soon as we’re made aware of them.

We’re working in partnership with the Gower Commoners Association, the RSPCA and the local authority to take every action we can to stop this from happening.

In the next few weeks we’ll be temporarily clearing the common of all livestock and insisting those using the land to graze, identify and take their animals off site for a short period. This will mean we’re able to pinpoint who owns what animal and allow the RSPCA to comment on their health and wellbeing.

Whenever we pick up a fallen animal we ask the RSPCA to scan it for a microchip to try and locate the owner. All young horses have to be microchipped and given passports by law to help alleviate this problem. So far we have never had a horse that fulfilled the legal requirement and so tracing an owner and therefore taking legal action has proved impossible.

Contact us:

If anyone has any concerns, spots a pony in distress, or would like any further information, please contact alan.kearsley-evans@nationaltrust.org.uk

 

 

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