A THIN and worm-ridden pony was rescued in South Tyneside after being left in ‘terrible conditions’, the RSPCA has revealed.
The animal welfare charity released details about grey Welsh pony Fraggle as part of its Homes For Horses appeal.
The RSPCA has launched the appeal for homes for horses, ponies and donkeys as the number in the charity’s care exceeds 600.
Fraggle is just one of those who was taken into RSPCA care in September 2013 after being discovered living in a paddock in East Boldon, which was full of weeds and had little grazing.
The pony was so thin that his ribs and hips were clearly visible, and tests later revealed he had two types of worms.
RSPCA inspector Heidi Cleaver said: “Fraggle was in a very sorry state. He was in extremely poor body condition, his ribs were visible, his neck was thin and his hips angular.
“He was lethargic and his demeanour was subdued and quiet.
“His feet were also very overgrown and in urgent need of trimming.”
Fraggle has since been nursed back to health by staff at RSPCA Felledge Animal Centre, in Chester Moor, County Durham, who are now hoping to find a new home for the four-year-old.
Lisa Paulin, equine yard manager, said: “Fraggle is a playful gelding with a super nature.
“He loves to come in and be groomed and be made a fuss of. He would make a great companion or ridden pony for a child.”
There are thought to be around 4,500 horses at risk in England and Wales, according to the RSPCA.
The average boarding cost per horse in RSPCA care is £15 per day, and the charity is at is capacity with the number of horses in its care as it seeks to free up space to take in more neglected and abused animals.
In the last three years, the RSPCA has received 69,410 calls about equines in England alone – with more than 2,000 of those coming from the Tyne and Wear area.
Those interested in adopting one of the horses, ponies or donkeys in the RSPCA’s care can visit www.rspca.org.uk/homesforhorses.
Donations can also be sent by texting HORSE to 70111 to give £3. The RSPCA will receive 100 per cent of the donation, excluding 02 customers, from whom £2.96 will be received.