A MEDAL-winning mum and daughter horse riding duo visited Burford's Blue Cross rehoming centre to back a horse health initiative.

Veteran eventer Mary King and her daughter Emily used their visit to launch this year’s National Equine Health Survey.

The survey, run by Blue Cross with the British Equine Veterinary Association, is the only study of its kind which identifies trends in the health and welfare of the UK’s horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

During their visit this month the Kings also met horses currently looking for homes and even got the chance to ride schoolmasters Mario and Taran.

The two horses, one of which came in to Blue Cross as a rescue, are based permanently at the centre and are used to assess people who come to rehome a horse.