A horse owner who ended up having to care for two loose ponies fears that this could become a growing problem as breeders struggle.
Jenny Burbridge was legally responsible for the pony and foal for a total of 14 deays after a concerned passer-by placed them in her field at Brancaster last Friday.
Miss Burbridge would have been forced to feed, shelter and look after the animals’ other basic needs if the Hillside Animal Shelter had not agreed to take them on.
The bay and white pony and the cob foal did not show any sign of neglect but were believed to have been spotted the previous day at Bircham Newton.
Miss Burbridge fears that this could become a growing problem and highlighted that the local horse shelters are full.
She said: “At the moment we have an over-breeding of horses. It is a big thing now as breeders are not able to sell them.
“Youngsters are being sold on the internet for £50 as they can’t get rid of them.
“World Horse Welfare and the British Horse Society are trying to stop the indiscriminate breeding of horses as people can’t afford them and we don’t know where they are going to end up.
“I have no idea why these two were loose and no-one has come forward. I keep asking questions but no-one knows anything, which is strange.
“It would be nice to know if they had escaped from their previous owners or stolen or dumped.”
The pair were roaming in a sugar beet field and were placed in a field along with Miss Burbridge’s horse and pony.
She rang around several shelters to take care of the pair but most were full.
Miss Burbridge was advised to put up a notice to advise the owners of what had happened.
Hillside collected the pair on Saturday but Miss Burbridge had to pick up the tab for the hay and food eaten by the two on Friday.
She said: “I couldn’t believe that in the law I am responsible for two animals which are not even mine.
“It is expensive to have two. I can feed my own but the added cost of another two more does not bear thinking about. I am pleased that they have gone somewhere where they will be well looked after.”