Homes needed for abandoned horses

Mick Henfrey, of Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board, with one of the three horses. Another is pictured below with its foal.
Mick Henfrey, of Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board, with one of the three horses. Another is pictured below with its foal.
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A NEW home is being sought for three horses and a foal found abandoned in a field next to the River Welland.

The horses have been kept in the field at Deeping Gate, between Crowland and Deeping St James, since March after being left on land belonging to the Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board.

However, the drainage board, which has been taking legal steps to put up abandonment notices, nows needs to find someone willing to give them a loving home.

Chief executive Karen Daft said they were first discovered by a farmer who rents the land for his sheep.

It is believed the horses were taken into the field through an unlocked hand gate.

Mrs Daft said: “They were in a very poor condition and very thin. The RSPCA have been keeping an eye on them and the police know they are there.”

Enquiries within the local community have drawn a blank as to where the animals might have come from. Horse sanctuaries have also been unable to help.

Mrs Daft says the herd grew two weeks ago when the mare had a foal.

Mrs Daft said: “We’d like someone to be able to take them on. As to where they came from, we are at a loss. They are quite young horses. “It’s just such a shame that someone left them. Sadly we are not geared up to look after horses.”

A spokesperson for the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA was made aware of these horses and has been monitoring them on a regular basis.

“The horses have had access to good grazing and we have no welfare concerns regarding their current condition. The Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board has now initiated an abandonment process regarding the horses, and the RSPCA is happy to offer guidance if requested.”