‘Carrot’ and ‘Spud’, the two emaciated ponies rescued from a field in Stamford on Thursday 3 September, are said to be recovering “as well as can be expected”.

Lee Hackett, head of welfare at the British Horse Society (BHS), said: “The ponies are as healthy as possible given the conditions we found them in.”

“They have been treated by a vet, dentist and farrier, and are getting on well. Overall, we are very pleased with their progress.”

Photographs of the ponies, which were posted on the H&H forum by a concerned neighbour on Wednesday 2 September, provoked an outpouring of concern from users.

The British Horse Society (BHS) and the RSPCA quickly took action, and removed the ponies from the field the following day.

A just-giving website, set up by H&H forum members to raise money for the ponies, has since been flooded by donations, and has raised over £1,600. To donate, visit, http://www.justgiving.com/stamford-horses

The RSPCA is currently leading an investigation into the owners.