A RESCUE centre has desperately appealed to experienced animal lovers to re-home stray foals and ponies.
The Blue Cross in Rolleston currently has 50 horses which need new homes – more than half of which are youngsters.
Bosses at the centre said the foals need homes where they will not be ridden until they are old enough.
They also want experienced owners who can provide the animal with the companionship of a similar sized and aged pony.
Deputy manager of the Dovecliffe Road site Becky Prince said the charity is desperate to find new homes for the animals.
She said: “We have got quite a lot of horses which need re-homing at the minute.
“I would say 50 cases is a large amount, especially at this time of year when the ground is wet and muddy.”
Ponies and foals come into the charity’s care after being rescued by organisations such as the police and trading standards.
One pony the centre is trying to re-home is Marley (pictured), which the centre took into its care last July after he was rescued with his mother.
Tamzin Boyd, who works at the centre, said Marley now needs a new home where he can continue his training.
She said: “As Marley and the other youngsters are still growing up we need special homes for them.
“A foal can be a great option for someone who has the time to spend caring for and handling a pony.
“We know that it is really rewarding to see them grow into great mature ponies.
“Marley has lots of potential and will be suitable for riding and all sorts of activities in the future.”
Animals at the centre are re-homed on a monitored and supported loan scheme until they are old enough to be ridden.
The Blue Cross will reimburse annual vaccination costs, dental and health checks and the first year’s worming programme.
Anyone who can offer Marley, or any other animal, a loving home is asked to call the centre on 0300 7771520.