Police warn horse owners to keep their eye out for anything suspicious during summer season after ‘isolated’ incident.

Police are urging horse owners to be vigilent after a horse was allegedly attacked in Umberleigh on Sunday.

PCSO Hannah Denton said the owner found the horse lying on the floor, appearing to have been shot in the head.

The 15-year-old horse had to be put down by vets called to the scene.

But a post mortem could not find any bullets, and suggested a blunt object may have been used to attack the 16-hand thoroughbred.

PCSO Denton said the incident was an isolated occurance, but urged horse owners to keep the awareness up.

She said: "At this time of year there are a lot of people walking around the fields.

"Go and speak to them so they can be identified should anything happen, and fix any broken fences or anything you may have been putting off.

"You can also join Horse Watch at the Devon and Cornwall Police website."