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Hundreds of rescued horses and ponies looking for homes

Hundreds of rescued horses and ponies looking for homes

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:28am 8th October 2019.

Hundreds of rescued horses and ponies are looking for homes, including right here in Cornwall.

The RSPCA was contacted about 376 incidents relating to horses in Cornwall last year.

48 were rescued from neglect and suffering.

Now the animal welfare charity is urging people to help give the equines in need a loving home, as part of 'Adoptober'.

It says over-breeding, the high costs of vet bills, the rising cost of hay and feed and falling demand for some types of horses have all contributed to the horse crisis which has left charities like the RSPCA struggling to cope.

The RSPCA has three specialist equine centres - Lockwood in Surrey, Gonsal Farm in Shropshire and Felledge in County Durham, and equine rehoming facilities at Millbrook in Surrey, Southridge in Hertfordshire and Leybourne in Kent.

The charity rehomed 328 horses and ponies last year.

Its centres are full with hundreds of rescued horses and ponies, and many more are being cared for in private boarding stables or looked after by foster carers.

Find out how to adopt a horse and all the ponies looking for homes here.

Adoptober aims to showcase the RSPCA's horses and ponies' versatility and capability, whether they are ridden horses, companion animals or youngsters with lots of potential like Maybe Clifden, Poppet and Truffles.

Some of the ponies looking for homes:

Poppet - RSPCA Adoptober

Name: Poppet

Age: 3

Breed: Welsh

Where: In foster care in Cornwall

Height: Expected to grow to 11.2hh.

A bit about: Poppet is currently in foster care and has come on well, she is good to groom all over and stands well to have her feet picked out.

Why she’s special: She can get quite excited when out and about but is always manageable. She should make a fantastic riding pony for the future.

Ideal home: Poppet is used to wearing a rug and is also used to having dogs around her she leads well and has been lead on the roads, through a town and has proven to be good in traffic.

To find out more: To find out more about Poppet, visit her Find A Pet page.

Maybe Clifden - RSPCA
Maybe Clifden

Name: Maybe Clifden

Age: 5

Breed: Welsh

Where: In foster care in Wiltshire

Height: Expected to grow to 13h

A bit about: Beautiful Clifden is currently being looked after in foster care but is looking for a permanent home.

Why he’s special: He’s full of character and has a lot of love to give. He has been gelded and is looking for a new adventure with new family. He is microchipped and has a passport.

Ideal home: Clifden is looking for a home that has knowledge of young ponies so they are able to give him the education he needs.

To find out more: To find out more about Maybe Clifden visit his Find A Pet page

Truffles - RSPCA Adoptober

Name: Truffles

Age: Five

Breed: Middleweight Cob

Where: Berkshire private boarding

Height: Truffles should make between 12 to 13hh when fully mature.

A bit about: Truffles was born in 2014 and is a very friendly foal who needs regular handling to continue his education. He is currently turned out with other geldings for companionship.

Why he’s special: This piebald cob is very friendly and has been microchipped, vaccinated and passported.

Ideal home: Truffles is looking for a home that has experience of young ponies to help him mature into a friendly well-rounded pony.

More information: To find out more about Truffles visit her page on Find A Pet.

Dory - RSPCA Adoptober

Name: Dory

Age: 2

Breed: Middleweight cob

Where: Millbrook Animal Centre, Chobham, Surrey

Height: Should make around 13h

A bit about: Dory was one of nearly 60 equines removed all of which had heavy worm burdens, lice and were poor and underweight. It has taken many months of rehabilitation to bring Dory to full health. She is a piebald filly foal born in 2017 and is passported, microchipped and up to date with worming.

Why she’s special: Dory is very friendly and laid back for her age, she is easy to do, good to groom lead and handle and could make a lovely child's pony in the future.

Ideal home: Dory is looking for a home where she can be loved and adored and hopefully and learn more about the world.

To find out more: To find out more about Dory visit her Find A Pet page

Bowie - RSPCA Adoptober

Name: Bowie

Age: 6-12 months

Breed:  Middleweight Cob

Where: Lockwood equine centre, near Godalming, Surrey

Height: Expected to grow to about 12.2h

A bit about: Bowie is a cheeky skewbald colt who has been living in a mixed heard and gets on well with everyone. Bowie has been fully vaccinated and has been passported and microchipped.

Why he’s special: He is very laid back and would suit a home with other gentle companions as he can sometimes get picked on.

Ideal home: Bowie is ideally looking for a foster home, or forever home, where he can grow and mature.

To find out more: To find out more about Bowie visit his Find A Pet page

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