Number of horses in RSPCA care doubles in 12 months

Could you give a young horse a Stable Future?

The RSPCA has launched an emergency appeal to find foster homes for hundreds of young horses as the number in their care has doubled in the past year.

They are currently looking after 600 ponies and horses which have suffered neglect and cruelty and almost half of them are youngsters.

To tackle the growing horse crisis the RSPCA has launched the Stable Future appeal to find fosterers to temporarily look after some of the 270 youngsters which are too young to be ridden.

Liz Handford, from Carmarthenshire (pictured), has fostered five horses for the RSPCA. She said:

“It’s very rewarding. If you’re fostering, you just get the fun part; it’s all about playing and having fun with the horses. You get the pleasure of having young horses around; seeing them, grooming them and watching them develop. It’s a real privilege and a pleasure.”

Foster carers must have experience handling horses, grazing and be able to take in a youngster for a minimum of six months. To apply log onto or call 0300 123 8000 for an application form.

Animal lovers who can’t take on a foster horse can also help by donating spare tack, rugs and equipment to the RSPCA or making a donation to our equine centres. Log onto the website to find out how.

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