Why we need your help
Welfare call resulted in 32 horses coming into our care
When our Field Officer Becky Bedson attended a site after a concerned member of the public phoned our Welfare Line, she found a very large group of horses in need of help as the owners were unable to cope.
Becky and fellow Field Officer Chris Shaw worked hard to gain the owners’ cooperation and in due course a multi-agency operation took place to remove the horses and other animals found on the property to safety. 11 horses came into the care of our Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre and another 21 to our Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre. The vast majority of these horses were completely unhandled and very nervous, with numerous health problems.
Two of the youngsters who came to Hall Farm were Clio and Astra, a pair of unhandled yearling fillies. When they arrived both ponies were underweight, suffering from a worm burden and very scared of people. Their grooms worked tirelessly to gain their trust and the pair have been completely transformed from the timid scraps they arrived as.
As their rehabilitation progressed, Clio and Astra proved to be bright, enquiring ponies, despite their terrible start in life. When they were ready to rehome for youngster handling, both Clio and Astra received a number of applications and are now happily rehomed with their new families to continue learning about life.
“It was heart-breaking to see how nervous some of these horses were at first – they clearly hadn’t been handled at all and were so scared of humans. Clio and Astra’s transformation is a testament to the dedication and endless patience of their grooms – to see such frightened yearlings blossom into friendly young ponies is just incredible. A call to our Welfare Line really can transform horses’ lives.”
Our Welfare Line receives thousands of calls each year from people concerned about horses.
We rely on caring people like you to donate £3 a month to ensure a kinder future for horses and ponies like Clio and Astra.