Five ponies have been rehomed after they were seen standing in waterlogged fields north of Derby during widespread flooding earlier this month.
A group of animal lovers said they rescued the horses after they became "stranded" in flood water, close to the River Derwent near the A38 Little Eaton island on 8 November.
Ruth Darby, who along with Sue Williams bought the horses, said: "We are probably mad but we have become attached to them and want to give them all a better life."
They have set up a JustGiving page to help pay for their care.
The RSPCA had sought to reassure the public after pictures emerged of the horses during heavy rainfall.
A spokeswoman said they had a "tendency to congregate close to the road where the water [was] deeper" and it was "not the case" they were stuck or in danger.
Man arrested after pursued 'stolen' car crashes
A man has been arrested after a "stolen" car pursued by police crashed on a street in Long Eaton.
Derbyshire's roads policing unit tweeted a stolen vehicle was spotted and failed to stop.
The force said the driver was pursued before his car hit a stationary vehicle and overturned on Draycott Road at about 14:50.
The driver, 43, was taken to hospital with minor injuries before being arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, theft of a motor vehicle, burglary and recall to prison.
A Derbyshire Police spokesman added they are investigating an allegation the car, a Toyota Corolla, had been stolen from Rose Hill Street in Normanton earlier in the day while its owner was defrosting it.
Watch: Today's weather for the East Midlands
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It's another chilly day, but not quite as cold as yesterday.
More heavy rain is set to fall across the East Midlands.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Thursday and Friday meaning "further heavy rain may lead to further disruption and flooding".
Dales District Council is urging residents and businesses to be ready for a
possible repeat of last week's flooding that killed one local woman.
The authority's chief executive, Paul Wilson, said: "While we will always try to help vulnerable residents, our advice to anyone concerned that their home or business is at risk of flooding is to buy sandbags from a hardware store. Garden soil can be used as an alternative."
More East Midlands flood problems to come, agency warns
More homes and businesses in the East Midlands are likely to fall victim to flooding in the coming weeks and months, the Environment Agency has warned.
The organisation said its teams had been working 24 hours a day to deal with problems caused by last week's huge downfalls.
At least 75 properties flooded in Nottinghamshire - including 50 in Worksop - and 39 homes and businesses were flooded in Derbyshire.
The agency warned with many areas of ground "completely saturated" and further heavy rain forecast, there was a "high probability" more people would be affected later this week and in the months to follow.
Louise Cresswell, East Midlands area manager, said: "Further
rain on Thursday and Friday may bring severe impacts from surface water and
river flooding to parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
"People should remain
vigilant, follow the advice of the emergency services, check their flood risk and plan to stay safe.
people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to walk or drive through flood
Derbyshire roads closed as flood repair efforts continue
The effects of last week's flooding in Derbyshire (pictured below) are still being felt across the county, with emergency services warning motorists to keep updated on the latest conditions and not to drive through flooded roads.
A landslip has led to part of Abney Road in the Peak District being closed, while a section of the A6020 between Bakewell and Great Longstone is unusable because of a car stuck in flood water.
Derbyshire fire service reflects on 'testing' weekend
Clive Stanbrook, area manager for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, said the "quite unprecedented" widespread flooding had made it a very busy weekend for his team.
"Across the county we've had about 250 extra calls since Friday than we would have done," he told BBC Radio Derby.
"We've had about 16 rescues from vehicles - that's people driving into flood waters and disregarding road closure signs.
"There were 28 people rescued from a holiday home site near Matlock and we assisted with the evacuation of Babington Hospital [in Belper].
"It's been testing our resources and skills all through the weekend.
"Things have now levelled off somewhat but it's still not ideal - and although it's probably not going to reach the levels of Friday, it's not going to get a lot better for quite a while yet."
Flood disruption continues as more rain falls on region
Flood warnings and alerts remain in place for several parts of the East Midlands after more heavy rain overnight.
The Environment Agency has issued warnings for the River Idle in Retford, Eaton and Gamston, along with the River Trent at Barrow, Carlton, Castle Donington, Collingham, Girton, Swarkestone and Willington.
Charity reassures residents over 'stranded' horses
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The RSPCA are seeking to reassure the public after pictures emerged of horses standing in waterlogged fields north of Derby.
Eyewitnesses told the BBC the foals were "stranded" in flood water, close to the River Derwent near the A38 Little Eaton island.
Worried members of the public feared they could drown overnight.
However, the animal charity said they don't believe the horses are in danger.
A spokeswoman said: "The field is very large but the native-type ponies have a tendency to congregate close to the road where the water is deeper, so we understand why it might seem that they are stuck in a flooded field when this is not the case.
"There are many acres which include higher and drier ground that the ponies can access."