CONCERNS have been raised over the welfare of a group of horses in a field.

The four horses are on a patch of land located in Wychbold near to the M5 motorway junction.

Jess Poole, 42, from Droitwich, said: “Last time I went there, they came running up to me and the horses are covered in flies but the horses are so friendly. People are going up there and feeding them.”

She added: "The field’s got ragwort, in it."

Ragwort is a weed that damages the liver in a horse and can prove fatal over time.

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A spokesperson for the


said: “We are so grateful to people who report suspected animal suffering to us and we would like to reassure people we will always look into and, if necessary, investigate any complaints made to us about animal welfare.

“We’re unable to comment any further as we are unable to discuss ongoing enquiries about specific people and what action may have been taken.

“We understand how frustrating that is for animals lovers but releasing information could prejudice a future investigation.”

On the Facebook, Spotted Droitwich group, residents have mixed reaction on the issue.

Kate Robinson said: “From the quality of the photos ponies look in good shape, heifer/ steer looks good. They have natural shade, presuming water in the trough so all in all these animals are hunky dory."

Aish Murtaza said: “The animals look fine and healthy to me - they’re not starved or covered in blood.”

Charlotte Ford said: “They aren’t suffering, it’s more the state of the field that’s worrying.”