Horse owners have been warned by police to be on their guard after five animals were slashed by a blade in the Garstang area in a series of attacks.
The first attack came in Winmarleigh where a mare was slashed twice across the legs.
Shortly after four more female horses were discovered in Over Wyre with cuts across the buttock area. Police are appealing to other owners to get in touch if they believe their animals have been cut.
“The owner of the first horse thought at first they were wounds from barbed wire,” said PC Dave Kerfoot, the community beat manager for Garstang.
“But the cuts were very clean and have clearly been done with a sharp blade like a Stanley knife or a razor.
“Then we were called in when four horses in a field not too far away were also discovered with cuts.
“They were all on the left back leg around the buttock area, so it was obviously a deliberate attack.
“It is possible other horses have been targeted and their owners haven’t reported it, perhaps thinking it was accidental.
“So if they suspect they have been attacked I would urge them to get in touch with us. Otherwise just be vigilant.
l Lancashire Constabulary has apologised after an officer made comments potentially linking the horse slashing crimes to Pagan rituals.
A spokesman acknowledged offence had been caused after complaints.
He said: “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to anyone who has been offended; this was certainly not our intention. The comments made are not a reflection of the views of Lancashire Constabulary as a whole.
“Lancashire Constabulary encourages an open and inclusive culture and celebrates the diversity of our workforce and communities.”