22 Shetland Ponies Rescued From Deplorable Conditions- All With Overgrown Curled Hooves

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A herd of over twenty Shetland Ponies were found in deplorable conditions earlier this year in England. It is unclear how long these sweet animals were neglected. Sadly, some were in such poor condition, they were euthanized.

Rescuers arrived to find all the ponies in belly-deep mud without food or water. The owner was prosecuted and the remaining twenty-two ponies were taken in by Blue Cross Burford Rehoming centre, a British animal rescue. Each pony was given a new name after Beatrix Potter characters by the staff. A new name to start their new lives.


Vicki Alford, horse manager at Blue Cross’s rehoming centre, told HorseTalk.co.nz, “It was heart-breaking to see. All had over-grown and curled up hooves, were riddled with lice and very underweight. The transporter who brought them to Burford described the place where they were found as horrific – apparently there was no food or water and they were stood in mud up to their tummies. How they survived is anyone’s guess.”


After month of rehabilitation and care, sixteen of the horses went to their new loving homes. Flopsy and Miss Moppett are currently looking for their forever home. With names like that, they are sure to win the hearts of everyone they meet. While four others, Timmy Tiptoes, Babitty Bumble Bee, Mrs Tiggy Winkle and Hunca Munca, are still recovering. Once they are cleared by a vet, they will be available for adoption.


Blue Cross makes sure all the horses find happy loving homes through their monitored loan program. When someone adopts a horse from the organization, it is on a loan trial. A horse welfare coordinator will stop by the home, and check on the horse to make sure they are happy and healthy. If all goes well for an extended period of time, ownership of the horse will be transferred to the new owner. This will help other horses get the help they need and find the perfect home.

The center helps re-home all animals, and is constantly looking for foster homes to help rehabilitate animals on their road to recovery.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who lives in West Michigan. Her horse and 3 dogs are her children. She loves to write and share her knowledge of equine and canine nutrition. In her spare time she likes to volunteer with animal rescues, camp with her husband and dogs, and trail ride with her horse.
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