Mr Melvin Andrews – the ‘back yard’ pony now on the road to recovery


The pony who turned up in a woman's garden after her 13 year old granddaughter responded to an online advertisement is settling in well at World Horse Welfare

Mr Melvin Andrews

Just over two weeks ago, our welfare line received a call from a distressed woman who had discovered a pony in her central Stoke-on-Trent back garden. It came to light that the woman’s 13 year old granddaughter had acquired the pony after responding to an online advertisement and the previous owner had then ‘delivered’ the young colt to their small back yard.

The caller knew that her back yard was not a suitable environment for this pony and was also very concerned that neither her nor her granddaughter had the knowledge or resources to care for him.

Mr Melvin Andrews

Groom Katie said that Melvin was very sweet and was already showing his cheeky side


World Horse Welfare Field Officer Rachel Andrews, was thankfully able to work with the RSPCA who attended the location to assess the pony and organised temporary accommodation for him before Rachel then transported him to the safety of World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre.

The friendly little colt, now named Mr Melvin Andrews after the Field Officer, Rachel, and RSPCA Inspector Melvin, is flourishing in his new (and much more suitable) environment where he is already a favourite with many visitors who have travelled to meet this famous pony!



Melvin (as his friends call him) is settling in well to life at the farm. His groom, Katie Grimshaw, said:


“Melvin was understandably a bit subdued when he arrived but he’s come out of his shell a bit and shown that he’s a very sweet little pony who has a bit of a cheeky side! He’s already popular with visitors to the Centre – everybody seems to have heard his story and people especially love his name!

“Our first priority was giving him a thorough bath and clipping his hair so we could properly assess his condition and treat him for lice. He was infested with them and had clearly been badly neglected as his skin was in a terrible state.

Mr Melvin Andrews

Mr Melvin Andrews was dumped in a back yard in Stoke-on-Trent


“He’s also very underweight so we will be building him up slowly to help him regain his strength.

“We’re looking forward to working with him over the next few months to get him fit and healthy so that he can find the good home that all horses and ponies deserve.”



World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Rachel Andrews, said:


“We’re seeing sick or young ponies being dumped and abandoned when their owners no longer want them, and it would be a worry if online free ad sites are used in this way. Many provide advice on the commitment required to take on a horse. 

“Every horse and pony deserves responsible ownership, which includes responsible breeding, selling and rehoming.  We’re just glad that Melvin the pony has settled in well at our Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre and has already shown himself to be lovely a little pony and we hope in time we can find him a good home.”

Mr Melvin Andrews

Melvin, as he's known to his friends, is settling in well to life in Blackpool


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