THESE are the latest images of horses in worrying situations in South West Wales.
One image we have not shown you — that of a dead horse on marshland — is too upsetting to display here.
But it comes as the RSPCA has confirmed it has been dealing with reports of dead horses in the Penlan area of Swansea.
The Post received an anonymous report that three dead animals were found in Mynydd Cadle Common over the past week or so.
Swansea Council, which is responsible for removing dead horses, said it was not aware of any such situation.
But the Post has received photos of a rotting horse, and other animals in concerning environments.
And we continue to receive a large number of letters and calls regarding the issue.
Moves are under way in Swansea to build an equine centre to house abandoned horses.
There are many owners who look after their animals — tethered or otherwise. Others, battered by wintry conditions, survive thanks to the help of do-gooders.
Asked about the dead horse claims in Penlan, an RSPCA spokeswoman said: “We have received several calls regarding tethered and dead horses in that location and two kilometres surrounding.
“Local inspectors have carried out regular checks on the tethered horses, to monitor their welfare and ensure their needs are being met.”
There is no specific offence of tethering a horse providing the owner provides for its needs and does not tether it in a way so as to cause it unnecessary suffering.
Wales spokesman Gethin Russell-Jones said last week that Swansea was a particular blackspot.
There is also a problem in Llanelli where, just last week, a horse was found dying in a field in Trostre.
Penderry councillor Hazel Morris, of Penlan, said: “We are concerned about the number of horses. Very often we don’t know who the owners are.”