Fly-grazing incidents across Wales have plummeted since new legislation was introduced to clamp down on horse owners.
Cases involving straying or abandoned horses have also fallen after the Control of Horses (Wales) Act 2014 gave local authorities the powers to seize, impound and dispose of horses.
A review by consultants Equiventus Ltd found that, by 2016, average seizures had fallen to 18 per month from a monthly figure of 30 in 2014.
This was supported by South Wales Police, which saw an 83% reduction in incidents between 2012 and 2016.
Rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths said the Act had been successful in curbing bad behaviour by some horse owners.
“However, while the report is very good news, we should not let our guard down,” she said.
“I am determined to continue to do what’s needed to combat the blight on communities caused by the fly grazing, straying and abandonment of horses and ponies.” ... READ MORE