Rescue Ponies Robbie and Tony Now Part of the Family


Ultimate family ponies flourish after rescue from difficult beginnings

Robbie and tony

Rescue ponies, World Horse Welfare Robbie and Tony are being showcased as part of World Horse Welfare’s annual Rehome a Horse Month as they have both proved themselves to be the ultimate family ponies with their Thame rehomer, Julie and her children.

Tony arrived at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre as a welfare concern in winter 2008 suffering from a severe lice infestation and badly overgrown feet. Part of a group of ponies whose owner was unable to look after them, they had weathered a long winter with little care and so were removed to the safety of World Horse Welfare. Tony progressed well through his rehabilitation and was soon backed then rehomed as a lead-rein pony where he enjoyed success in various disciplines from showjumping to dressage.


Robbie came into World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in late 2014 with a group of other ponies whose owner was struggling to care for them. He was rehomed as a project pony and began his education to be a children’s pony.

Julie Mott was looking for a pony as she had recently purchased one which was a little too much for her ten year-old son, Teddy. She explains:

“The first time Teddy had a ride on Tony, we straightaway fell in love with him and Robbie too!”

“Once the necessary rehoming checks had been done we were approved as a home for the two ponies and they came to live with us just before Christmas 2015. I always say it was fate and friendship which brought us to find Robbie and Tony!

“Teddy and Tony have already been out and about competing on behalf of Ashfold School recently winning 2nd and 4th in the National Schools Equestrian Association Championships - they’re a fantastic team together! Teddy is also growing more confident riding Robbie who always surprises us with just how calm and relaxed he is for a relatively young pony. Both ponies have such extraordinary characters and my younger son, Louis aged seven is now getting into riding so it is a real family affair!


“I had never appreciated that World Horse Welfare might have ponies like Robbie and Tony but I absolutely wouldn’t hesitate to recommend rehoming to anyone now. Keep a close eye on the website as there are plenty more gems like Robbie and Tony available!”

Rehome a Horse Month 2016, supported by Dodson & Horrell, shines a light on the horses and ponies who are looking for homes but also celebrates the amazing stories of the 1,700 World Horse Welfare horses and ponies currently out in homes around the country from those competing at eventing, dressage, vaulting and showjumping to pleasure driving, hacking, side-saddle and those who provide faithful friendship to their rehomers and equine companions.

Robbie and tony at home

World Horse Welfare marked another record-breaking year for rehoming in 2015, with 320 horses and ponies finding loving new homes across the country. World Horse Welfare Deputy Chief Executive and Head of UK, Tony Tyler, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have once again rehomed a record number of horses in 2015 and it is very positive to see more and more people choosing to rehome instead of buying a horse or pony. Rehoming is vital to the sustainability of World Horse Welfare’s work, as each horse finding a new home gives us space to take in more horses who are desperately in need of our help.

“The amazing stories showcased through Rehome a Horse Month not only demonstrate the many benefits of rehoming but also make it clear just how much our horses and ponies are capable of achieving, whatever their background.”

Dodson & Horrell CEO, Sam Horrell said:

“We are delighted to be supporting the Rehome a Horse Month, it is important to raise awareness for this great initiative and help find suitable homes for horses and ponies that will give them a new life.  I am excited to hear all about the horses and ponies that have been successfully rehomed.”

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