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Price highlights horse refuge fate

Katie Price puckered up to a giant when she shared a kiss with a Shire horse at a sanctuary threatened by closure.

The glamour model, who is known for her love of riding, visited The Horse Refuge in Moons Green, near Tenterden, Kent, which faces being closed down by the end of the month.

Owner Sara Ross has been unable to raise the £600,000 needed to buy the land currently used, and the horses face going to slaughter if another location cannot be found for the rescue centre.

Wearing a black T-shirt, grey jodhpurs and gold riding boots with diamante buckles, all from her own equestrian range, Price was given a tour of the site and petted some of the horses who are all too ill, old or abused to be re-homed with individual owners.

She also posed with some of the animals, including Shire horse Bertha, who at more than 21 hands or 7ft tall, made Price look tiny in comparison as she swung around the animal's neck and kissed it.

Price appealed to the public "to put your hands in your pockets" and donate money to the refuge.

She said: "I've come to raise awareness to see if I can get people to help. I expected the horses to be bags of bones but I was surprised at how well kept they are.

"She's doing a really good job here. She looks like she's overloaded with animals, she's definitely very dedicated."

"Please do what you can to help these horses be re-homed and avoid what would be a tragic and very sad end after so much fantastic work from Sara and the team at The Horse Refuge."

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