World Horse Welfare Norman leaves past behind to become ultimate child’s pony with Preston rehomers
When World Horse Welfare Norman was discovered as a two year old and part of a large group of welsh ponies suffering neglect, it was difficult to imagine what the future could have in store but thanks to his amazing partnership with young jockey, Isabella, he is now a true part of the Dawson family.
- Norman (centre) when he was found
Norman was one of more than 100 ponies rescued in 2012 who were living in terrible conditions – knee deep in mud and faeces. Some of the ponies had been left to breed indiscriminately and most were unhandled so very nervous of human contact. Norman came into the care of World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in 2012 and began his long journey through rehabilitation. Norman was rehomed in his younger years as a companion and later returned to the farm to be backed to ride, proving himself as a talented child’s pony.
- Norman and Isabella
He was rehomed to the Dawson family in February 2017 and is now ridden by 5 year old Isabella. Isabella recently wrote a poem about her partnership with Norman and sent it to World Horse Welfare to show how much she loves him. Isabella’s poem is below:
The purpose of this poem that I send,
Is to tell you about my new best friend.
I’m Isabella and he’s Norman you see,
As a pair, we’re happy as can be!
I rehomed him from Blackpool Penny Farm,
So he could come live with me on my friend’s farm.
We’ve only been together a short time to date,
But boy, we’ve done lots and he’s my number one mate.
He helps me learn new skills when riding together,
He’s well behaved in our trailer, which I’m sure will last forever.
We’ve taken a few tumbles, not on purpose of course,
He looks after me, but still a pony growing into a fine horse.
In lessons and shows we stand out from the rest,
In the cutest pair category, we are the best.
We’ve won lots of rosettes of all colours and sizes,
I’m so proud of Norman and all of our prizes.
All in all I love my new pal,
He’s fun and adorable and I’m his fave gal!
His sensitive soul touches my heart,
Isabella and Norman, the Dawson team will never part.
Find out more about rehoming at: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming