An animal charity is looking for kind-hearted people in the Dales to look after abandoned and mistreated ponies.
The RSPCA is 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 charity has launched the Stable Future appeal to find fosterers to temporarily look after some of our 270 youngsters which are too young to be ridden.
Sally Learoyd, the RSPCA’s equine re homing officer, said: “Over the past year 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.”
Anyone wishing to help out is urged to log onto www.rspca.org.uk/stablefuture or call 0300 123 8000 for an application form.