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Rescue pony in Cornwall finds forever home during Covid-19 pandemic

Rescue pony in Cornwall finds forever home during Covid-19 pandemic

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:00pm 18th July 2020.

A rescue pony in Cornwall has found her forever home, during the midst of the coronavirus crisis.

April was born at The Hugs Foundation in Bodmin, which provides a rescue and rehabilitation centre for horses, ponies and other animals that have been abandoned.

In October 2017, the charity rescued April's mum, Gypsy, from the Dartmoor drift who was destined for the cull pen.

The mare had horrendously long hooves, a foal at foot (Roonie, who is now in his forever home) and was totally wild.

The team had a suspicion that Gypsy was in foal again but couldn’t be sure until they could scan her.

April the pony
April as a foal

This would have been extremely stressful for a wild pony, so they had to wait until she was more confident and trusting with humans. Gypsy also had her hooves trimmed as soon as possible, but everything was done with time to gain her trust and give her good experiences with humans.

Gypsy was also confirmed in foal and on the 15th of April 2018 her foal was born. April was the total opposite of her mum, she was extremely confident from birth, inquisitive and loved human contact.

Lots of training was done with April and she proved not to be bothered by anything from traffic and large farm vehicles to walking over a tarpaulin.

April the pony
April as a youngster

By the beginning of 2020 the team started to worry about April not finding her forever home. People always seemed to overlook her in her youngster stages of life but the charity knew she had so much to give a loving family.

In June 2020 a lovely couple came to see April and signed up to rehome her straight away. April has now settled into her new home with her forever family.

They adore her and she is one very happy, lucky pony.

The charity says her story may never have existed if Hugs hadn’t of rescued her mother, which they couldn’t have done without the donations from supporters.

April the pony
April happy and making friends in her new home

"Offering a home to a rescue horse seemed like a very safe way to find a pony. We've little confidence in the horse community generally with many ponies sold for the wrong reasons, often with underlying issues, that don't get highlighted. We knew that if we went to a recognised charity that we wouldn't be lied to, the pony would be sound and we'd be helping not just a pony but a worthy cause.

"April appealed to Vaughan initially as she was very cuddly and sweet. I found her to be confident and smart and very willing and felt she would fit into our lives very well. We know we have a lot of work to do to get her cooperating with us initially, but we know she's a very sweet girl who will be a very lovely addition to our little herd. My heart was very firmly attached to Dickinson and still is, but April is the right choice for us at this stage. Her cheeky ways are winning me over and I know she'll be under my skin in no time!!"

April's new family

The Hugs Foundation is appealing for donations so it can continue to help ponies like April. 

You can find the website here.

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