Miniature marvel, Star, takes on role of adoption horse at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm
A tiny young pony, Star, who was found emaciated and almost too weak to stand shortly before Christmas 2016 has made an amazing recovery and is the latest pony to join World Horse Welfare’s adoption scheme.
- Star at World Horse Welfare Hall Farm
World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Sarah Smith, first came across Star in November when she was called out to a welfare concern in Kent. She said:
“Star and another pony, Tinsel, had both been abandoned by their owner at less than a year old and were both in a terrible condition. Star had a thick coat and it was only when I actually put my hands on him that I realised there was very little underneath, it was like feeling a skeleton covered in fur – he was completely emaciated and very weak, being unable to get to his feet without assistance. I noticed that both he and Tinsel had scabs and abscesses on their throats which combined with their dull demeanour indicated they might be suffering from Strangles, a highly infectious disease which can be fatal if left untreated.
- Star and Tinsel when they were found, Dec 2016
“Star and Tinsel were transported to a holding yard and kept in isolation, then when they had built up enough strength to travel they were moved to World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Norfolk where they could begin their rehabilitation. On arrival Star weighed just 42 kilograms which is hardly anything, even for a pony of his small size.
“Strangles is extremely contagious and so it was vital that Star and Tinsel remain in isolation until they were completely clear of the disease which took six months in total. During this time, the team at Hall Farm worked hard to build Star’s trust in humans and his confidence began to grow as his condition improved.
“Star is now a happy, healthy young pony having almost doubled in weight and loves spending his days out in the field, enjoying the sunshine and meeting visitors to the farm. He’s made an amazing transformation and whilst he might be one of the smallest ponies at the farm standing at little over 80cm high, he certainly has one of the biggest characters!”
Star will now replace India as the adoption horse at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm. Supporters can keep up with all Star’s news through the Adopt a Horse Scheme. India is currently fostering two orphaned foals but will soon find a new home on World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme. To adopt Star visit: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/adopt