THE county branch of the RSPCA has launched an emergency appeal to find foster homes for young horses.
The RSPCA has seen the number of horses in its care double in the last 12 months and is currently looking after 600 ponies and horses.
The organisation has launched the Stable Future appeal to find fosterers to temporarily look after some of the youngsters which are too young to be ridden.
RSPCA equine rehoming officer Sally Learoyd said: “We’ve seen a huge increase in the amount of horses being disowned or allowed to get into an appalling state because the trade in horses has collapsed.”
For details of how to help call 0300 123 8000.