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Queenie’s life has been transformed
Queenie came into our care earlier this year after concerns were reported for a group of ponies living in poor conditions. Our Field Officer Charlotte Melvin found five ponies living out in deep mud and large puddles, with another foal shut in a dirty stable with no access to food or water.
Charlotte discovered that the ponies who were living out were so hungry they were digging through the mud to reach soaking, filthy haylage, which was the only food source they had. The owner was given the chance to take immediate action to improve the ponies’ living conditions but failed to do so, which led to all six being removed. Two went to another charity and four came into the care of our Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, in Aberdeenshire.
Queenie was one of the ponies who came to Belwade Farm, along with Nina (thought to be her mother) and Nina’s colt Joey, as well as a gelding called Applejack. The ponies were all underweight, infested with lice and very nervous.
Despite her awful start in life, Queenie’s wonderful nature quickly shone through. As she began to regain her strength, she soon started to show an interest in the grooms and seek out fuss and attention – a true testament to the team’s expertise with nervous, unhandled horses.
Eight months after arriving at Belwade Farm, Queenie has been transformed and is now a friendly young pony who’s ready to find a loving home of her own. Her groom Cara’s patience and dedication has seen Queenie’s confidence come on in leaps and bounds – they’ve even started doing some in-hand horse agility together, which Queenie has taken to really well.
“Queenie has come such a long way from the weak, scared youngster who arrived in February – now she’s always first to the gate, wanting to know what you’re up to! She loves fuss and attention and has such a sweet nature – she’s only two but we think she’ll make a wonderful ridden pony when she’s old enough. She’s such a pretty girl she’d be great in the show ring too. Now she just needs to find her happy ever after in a home of her own!”
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