Two ponies have been found dumped in a field in Holbeach Hurn, Lincolnshire — one emaciated and one dead.

A local farmer was out driving last Thursday (19 June) evening at 8pm when he spotted the pony in his cauliflower field. He gave the pony some water and called the RSPCA.

The following day a tractor driver at the same farm spotted a second pony which was lying dead in a cornfield.

It is thought that it had been dead for a few days.

Inspector Phil Pidcock who attended the scene told H&H: “The pony that was still alive was wobbling a lot was probably only a day or two off dying as well.

“She was in a right mess. All that was left of one eye was a gunky mess, her hooves were overgrown, she was starving and she had severe rainscald — she was just generally neglected and in a very bad way.”

The alive horse is thought to be about five or six years old and is a bay mare of native pony type. The horse that died is thought to be of similar age and type but was chestnut.

The mare is now under veterinary care and is recovering as well as can be expected.

Inspector Pidcock added: “We are still making enquiries. We have heard that someone put a call into the local knackers yard to come and pick up two horses but we have no further information yet than that.”

The incident is currently being investigated by the police.

Anyone with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234999