Pumpkin the pony has found a new home, just over a year since she was found abandoned and roaming feral with two other ponies.
The mare was transferred to horse charity, HAPPA, where staff immediately suspected that Pumpkin was pregnant.
Following tests, Pumpkin was confirmed to be in foal and the HAPPA team set to work making sure she was ready for motherhood.
Initially, Pumpkin was wary of people, but gradually settled into her daily routine and, with lots of care and attention from the HAPPA staff, came to rather like the idea of being handled (she even donned Christmas-themed bandages for an open day).
Spring 2017 soon rolled round, along with the due date of Pumpkin’s foal. HAPPA Pie, a colt foal, was born in the safety of the sanctuary at the end of March. Initially, he struggled to suckle, so it was all hands-on deck to set up an overnight rota to ensure Pie was feeding properly.
With regular monitoring, Pie went from strength to strength, with Pumpkin taking to motherhood like a dream. The pair could often be seen hanging out with fellow new-mum, HAPPA Toffee, who had a foal in the spring.
Pie was weaned in the autumn and it was time for the team to find Pumpkin a new home. She is now happily living with her new family, affectionately called 'borrowers' by HAPPA.
Amanda Berry, Head of Equine at HAPPA said: “HAPPA strive to ensure the very best for every equine that we rescue. Each animal is placed on a bespoke rehabilitation programme with a view to being matched in a Forever Home through our Borrower’s Scheme.
"In the case of HAPPA Pumpkin, when she arrived we were unsure how long her rehabilitation process would be, having being roaming feral it takes a while for ponies of this nature to get used to being handled.
"We were in for an even bigger surprise when it was confirmed she was also in foal. Our team have worked very hard and undergone specialist training to ensure they can provide the very best for mares before, during and after the birthing process.
"Pumpkin proved to be a fantastic mother and companion to her field friends. We are delighted that she can now enjoy her life out in a caring home.”
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