Visitors and potential purchasers were shocked to see the state of horses and ponies at Brightwells in Builth Wells on 14 May, prompting outrage and a wide debate on overbreeding.
Much of the focus was on animals from Evan Lloyd Evans' Cricceth Stud in Gwynedd. The ponies were said to be very thin, despite some having foals at foot.
In response to calls from the public, World Horse Welfare has announced that they have been working together with Mr Evans to improve the health of the ponies.
World Horse Welfare Field Officer Tony Evans visited Mr Evans at Criccieth Stud shortly after being made aware of the circumstances. A number of ponies have been now signed over to the charity and have been taken to one of their Rehabilitation and Rehoming Centres. Since then Tony and Mr Evans have been working together and Mr Evans has been assisting World Horse Welfare to establish the true facts surrounding the welfare of the horses at Criccieth Stud.
Field Officer Tony Evans said: “We are pleased to be working closely with Mr Evans and that he has agreed to sign over some of his ponies to us. Unfortunately there have been many allegations on the internet such as social networking sites which at this time have proved to be unfounded.
“It is great that members of the public are so passionate about the welfare of horses in the UK and overseas and we appreciate people contacting us. However, we must be sure that the true facts are disseminated.
“World Horse Welfare sees many problems with overbreeding and overstocking nationwide and this situation highlights the issue.”