Warnings have been issued strongly advising people not to feed wild ponies as this could kill them.
A Welsh group looking after the animals have said that piles of carrots had been found left out for the ponies in the Sychnant Pass, near Conwy. Currently experts believe that the ponies’ digestive systems simply aren’t able to cope with foods such as carrots or apples and eating them could lead to the animals suffering from horse colic.
Symptoms include excessive sweating, pawing, rolling, becoming bloated, lying down or adopting unusual positions, distress and uneasiness and – often – and a lack of interest in food and water.
Colic is often treated with the drug phenylbutazone.