The RSPCA in Wales is appealing for information about a pony was found “struggling to walk”.
The injured pony was found by a dog walker on 14 January in “terrible” state near Parc Cwm Darran in Bargoed.
“This poor pony was in a terrible state. She was alert but struggled to walk and was very hunched up. She has severe problems affecting her hind legs which is worse on the left,” said RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil.
The pony is being treated by a vet.
“She is extremely thin and her condition is very serious,” added inspector McNeil.
“She has been made comfortable but she is not in a good way. She isn’t microchipped so we can’t identify her owner. We don’t know where she has come from.
“We want to hear from anyone who recognises her and knows who she belongs to. She is very sweet.”
Anyone who may have information about this pony should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
There have been several reports of abandoned and neglected horses already this year.
Last month two abandoned Shetlands, named by the RSCPA as French and Saunders, were rescued by the charity.
Also in January the RSPCA warned of a “horse crisis” in Kent following a spate of calls regarding horses across the county.
From 15 November-13 January the RSPCA attended 21 equine-related call outs in the county, involving 25 horses who were either dead, dying or in poor condition.