Much-loved Adoption Horse and Inspiration Behind Invisible Horse Trail Finds New Home


World Horse Welfare May now loving life as a hacking pony with rehomer, Joan

may and joan

World Horse Welfare’s former adoption horse May, came into the charity’s care emaciated and suffering severe neglect but she is now enjoying a happy new life as a hacking pony with her Salisbury rehomer, Joan.

May was originally found fly-grazing in March 2014 at a location close to the Top Gear testing track, gaining her the name after one of the show’s three presenters, James May. She was extremely underweight, weak and struggling to survive plus suffering from a lice infestation, worm burden and untreated skin condition. Upon arriving at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, May received urgent veterinary treatment and began the long road to rehabilitation.

World Horse Welfare May Arrival

- May upon arrival at World Horse Welfare

May has had her fair share of the limelight over the last three years, both in her role as Adoption Horse and as the ‘muse’ for World Horse Welfare’s Invisible Horse Trail sculptures crafted by Judy Boyt. In 2015, she even attended Badminton Horse Trials where she spent the day meeting thousands of fans and posing for photos with celebrities such as Mark Todd.

May is now leading a much quieter life after she handed over the ‘reins’ of the adoption scheme at Glenda Spooner Farm to World Horse Welfare Clippy and has found a loving home where her and Joan spend their days exploring the neighbouring countryside.

may and joan

Joan said:

“When thinking about getting another horse, I vowed not to buy one and for some time have said that I would prefer to give a home to a rescue pony from World Horse Welfare. I volunteer at Glenda Spooner Farm and had seen May throughout her rehabilitation – watching how tolerant she has been with all of her many visitors and how well she took to her ‘celebrity’ role at Badminton Horse Trials showed her lovely character and I felt we would be a great partnership.

“May has settled in really well to her new home and the rather different environment to Glenda Spooner Farm with her stable in our garden at home! We have been hacking out regularly through the woods and surrounding countryside with May growing in confidence every day. I have also been doing groundwork with her to build up our bond and next year I would love to take her to a pleasure ride which is what we will be working towards over the winter months.

“May is very sweet natured, well-mannered and so easy for me to handle –in all aspects. She is sensitive so loves a fuss and grooming is a pleasure – for both of us. She allows me to clip her legs and is quite patient even when flies are bothering us!

“I would absolutely recommend rehoming to anyone else, the work World Horse Welfare puts in to rehabilitate the rescue ponies and the careful assessment to match the pony with the right person is excellent, plus the ponies deserve to be given a chance to have a loving, caring home.”

may and rehomer

September marks World Horse Welfare’s annual Rehome a Horse Month, a month of activity aimed at highlighting the benefits of rehoming, sharing just some of the amazing stories of rehomers around the country and raising awareness of the many horses and ponies still looking for a home. Each year, World Horse Welfare rehomes around 300 horses and ponies with over 1,800 currently out in loving homes around the UK.

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