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Neglected Youngster Transformed into Eventing Super Cob
A horse who was found underweight and suffering neglect is now transformed thanks to the hard work and dedication of his Grantham rehomer, Emma, who took him on as a ‘project horse’ from the charity less than a year ago.
Elvis came into World Horse Welfare’s care in the summer of 2012 after he was underweight, suffering from overgrown feet and clearly not receiving the care he so desperately needed. He underwent rehabilitation at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm before being rehomed as a youngster and then later returned to one of the charity’s other Rescue and Rehoming Centres, Glenda Spooner Farm, due to a change in his rehomer’s circumstances.
Emma explains how she found him:
“I’ve always had project horses and was looking for a new one but it was actually my other half who spotted Elvis on World Horse Welfare’s website and was instantly drawn to his kind eyes. We made the trip down to Somerset to meet him and fell in love straightaway! Following our home check, we arranged transport and he came to live with me!
“We started slowly as he was so early in his ridden training but it quickly became clear that Elvis had great potential and so we started doing some dressage competitions which is not Elvis’ natural forte but he still enjoyed himself. We then moved on to some showjumping and going out on the cross country course and this year we’ve been competing in BE80 affiliated eventing competitions and he absolutely loves it.
“As long as Elvis is happy doing what we do together then I’m happy. I’d love for us to carry on competing at eventing but if Elvis decides he’d rather have a quiet life then I will go with whatever he chooses. There’s so many horses out there that deserve a second chance and have so much potential, despite their bad start in life they can go on to achieve anything.
“Don’t just look at the horses as they are now, but imagine what they could become in the future. Elvis had only just started his education when he came to me and he’s achieved amazing things since then. If I had to describe him as an Elvis song it certainly wouldn’t be ‘Return to Sender’.”
World Horse Welfare is celebrating its annual Rehome a Horse Month, a month of activity to celebrate and promote the many benefits of rehoming. The charity has over 1,800 horses and ponies out in loving homes around the country and over 100 looking for new homes at any time. Rehoming is not only incredibly rewarding but also guarantees complete honesty and transparency about every horse or pony as well as giving access to a support network for life. Search and apply to rehome today: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming