the breeding of unwanted horses has become unmanagable. many horses are left abandonded. the welfare centres are full to capacity. despite the gloomy economic picture, horses continue to be bred as some dealers and some horse owners believe that they can still make a profit from breeding horses. In reality, prices for horses have dropped significantly and a pony can be bought for £5 at some markets. Meanwhile horse owners are having difficulty rehoming their unwanted horses and, increasingly, cannot even give them away. stonger legislation is needed in the uk and a clamp down on back yard breeders and irrisponsible breeding.