The three charities currently homing the rescued horses from Spindles Farm in Amersham have expressed their gratitude to the public’s generosity.

And they are especially overwhelmed by the response of the national campaign – ‘Operation Esther’ – set up by Horse & Hound online readers.

Redwings, the ILPH and the Horst Trust all rely on donations to fund their work, especially at times of increased need like these.

Different things are now needed by each of the charities to help the horses, ponies and donkeys that are staying with them.

Redwings, the ILPH and the Horse Trust have told H&H what would make things easier for them now.

Nicola Markwell from Redwings said: “Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated.

We would be extremely grateful to anyone else who wishes to donate – especially in the form of feed, rugs and financial aid. The response has been absolutely amazing so far, especially with ‘Operation Esther’”.

Hannah Rowley from the ILPH told H&H: “We have received financial donations as well as hay and food – it really has been a heart-warming response.

What we really need help with now is for people to rehome the equines currently on our loan scheme to free up space, resources and man power for our new rescues.”

The ILPH is also appealing for volunteers to help at its centres in Norfolk, Somerset, Lancashire and Aberdeenshire on Sunday 27 January.

This is to sort through all the goods donated as part of ‘Operation Esther’. The ILPH will be holding sales of the donated items in the near future on dates to be confirmed.

It is estimated that it will cost the ILPH £66,000 to treat and care for the horses in the next year alone.

Spokesman from the Horse Trust Susan Lewis said: “The horses are getting on really well, although the veterinary care and tests are very expensive so any donations will be very gratefully received.”

To help visit Redwings; www.redwings.org.uk; the Horst Trust: www.homeofrestforhorses.co.uk; ILPH: www.ilph.org