Could you help foster a horse?
May 21, 2012
The RSPCA has launched an appeal to find foster homes for hundreds of young horses as the number in the charity’s care has doubled.
The charity currently looks after 600 ponies and horses that have suffered neglect and cruelty, and almost half of them are youngsters.
In the South East there are more than 100 horses in RSPCA care.
Now the charity has launched the Stable Future appeal for fosterers to look after horses and ponies that are too young to be ridden.
Sally Learoyd, RSPCA’s equine re-homing officer, said: “I’ve heard of young horses being sold for £5 – less than the price of a bottle of wine.
“I’ve heard of horses being bought and sold in pubs and we’ve come across a case of someone keeping a horse on a tower block balcony and feeding it on scraps.
“We have a never-ending tide of young horses coming into our centres. Fostering our youngsters is a way that horse lovers can help us with this problem.”
The charity says the recession, rising hay costs and irresponsible breeding are to blame for the rising number of horses being neglected and abandoned.
The youngsters available for fostering are aged between one and three years and are all happy, healthy and handleable.
They are microchipped and will have passports and tetanus vaccinations.
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 on to www.rspca.org.uk/stablefuture or call 0300 123 8000 for an application form.