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RspcalogoEXCLUSIVE: Two horses have been seized by Police at Osborne House in East Cowes following concerns for the welfare of the animals kept at stables there.

Following recent practices of the independent operator of horse and carriage rides at the English Heritage attraction, Osborne House staff sought guidance from the RSPCA.

Now, following an operation involving Hampshire Constabulary, the RSPCA and an independent vet, the two horses have been seized and placed in the care of the RSPCA.

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According to one source, the animals had a body fat index of zero and may have faced being put down if they were not rescued this week.

In a statement to Island Echo, English Heritage have confirmed that they met with the independent operator and have terminated the operator’s contract.

Rob Flower, General Manager at Osborne says:

“We are deeply saddened by the situation. We were concerned about the treatment of the horses and alerted the RSPCA. Our first priority is the welfare of the horses and we are working closely with the RSPCA.”

Under the contract, the operator offered carriage rides at Osborne in return for the free use of the stables and paddocks there. Osborne received no money from the arrangement.

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The RSPCA say the incident is now an ongoing investigation and cannot comment further.

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