Conditions worsened today for horses at Sandhurst who were found trapped in flood waters and muddy ground.
Volunteers have rushed to their rescue a day earlier, bringing them feed and checking their health – but found one foal dead in the mud.
Fury at the owners of the horses, spilled over on Thursday when police were called out after the volunteers ended up in a fracas with them.
They agreed to move the horses to higher and safer ground as the outlook for the rest of the week continues to look bleak.
One volunteer said: “I have been checking the horses since Christmas, making sure they are ok, but yesterday the owners were there and approached us. There was an argument and the police had to be called.
“The horses are in quite a bad situation. The whole place is under water, while some horses are standing on a strip of mud.
“It is the same problem every year but with the flooding at the moment we are really concerned.”
RSPCA officials were set to go out to visit the animals today to check on their condition although the volunteer admitted that their powers were ‘limited’.
Katya Mira, press officer for the RSPCA, said their inspectors have been carrying out regular checks on the horses.
A flood warning had been in place for the Maisemore and Sandhurst area since New Year’s Day.