Blue Cross appeals for horse toys

Blue Cross is appealing for horse toys to help enrich the lives of the young feral ponies being rehabilitated at the charity’s centre in Rolleston, Staffordshire.

Tonto and Timmy adapting to live at Blue Cross

Tonto and Timmy adapting to live at Blue Cross

Feral ponies in the UK are used to living on unclosed moorland, mountains or heathland where they are at liberty to display their natural traits and satisfy their curious minds.

They are kept in carefully selected groups so that they can physically interact with each other to play, mutually groom and stimulate senses such as touch and smell. They also have access to fields, large crew barns and woodchip turn out areas, but for feral horses this is often isn’t enough.

Tristan and his other friends at Blue Cross like to play!

Tristan and his other friends at Blue Cross like to play!

Tess Scott-Adams, the Rehoming Centre Manager at Rolleston explains: “With the young Bodmin ponies we have noticed that they spend a lot of time being destructive and play fighting. Making the transition to a life of relative confinement is hard for them, no matter the excellent quality of the environment we are able to provide here at Blue Cross. Providing them with additional enrichment in the form of horse toys gives them something else to interact with and helps stimulate their inquisitive minds.”

Blue Cross is appealing for horse toys such as play balls, mouthing fence toys and also scratching mats, but not treat based toys.

To find out more about supporting Blue Cross or give a Bodmin pony a home visitwww.bluecross.org.uk