The founder of the National Foaling Bank is selling all of her horses due to injury.

Johanna Vardon, who set up the support service 50 years ago, will still continue to run the charity.

She is asking the breeding industry to have patience and not to hang up when calling, as her injuries mean it can take time to reach the telephone.

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She broke her knee, which needed a full-length plaster cast, after tripping down some steps last month and she also has three collapsed lumbar vertebrae.

Since setting up the bank in 1965, Johanna has provided help and support to the equestrian world at all times of the day and night.

“We do the impossible here,” she said.

“There are no limits to how far I will go.”

She added it does not matter who calls or what type of foal it is, she will help.

The foaling bank is a nationwide service for breeders to pair foster mares with orphaned foals and guidance through the adoption process.

Johanna also gives advice on birthing and post birthing difficulties.

In the past 50 years, she has dealt with nearly 20,000 cases of dead mares and foals.

However, her injuries mean she does have to sell her 25 horses (not pictured above), including a number by Milton’s half-brother.

Johanna said she would like to say thank you to all the breeders that have put their trust in her.

She added it has been “such a privilege” to help them.

Annual membership to the foaling bank costs for £20 cross-breeds and £30 for thoroughbreds and vets.

The foaling bank’s hotline is 01952 811234. Visit www.nationalfoalingbank.com for information and membership forms.