Four rescue ponies from World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Lancashire are putting their pasts behind them to show off their amazing transformations at one of the UK’s biggest equestrian events, Equifest, this week.
Among the stunning line up is youngster Buggy who hit the headlines last summer when he was found at just a few months old being eaten alive by maggots.
Poor Buggy was so weak he could hardly stand up, but thanks to the amazing care of the World Horse Welfare team he's now unrecognisable from the listless, emaciated pony he was when he came into the charity’s care.
Floss, was found weak and neglected at less than a year old but is now flourishing in her ridden work and will be showing off her paces with her groom, Karen, at the competition.
Charlie, was underweight, suffering from worms and a severe lice infestation when he was discovered but is now a very handsome ridden pony who is brimming with confidence
Finally, little Hope came into World Horse Welfare Penny Farm in September 2016 with her mother who was extremely emaciated and struggling to survive, having given all of her strength to keeping her young foal alive.
Sadly, Hope’s mother was in such a terrible state that the team had to make the difficult decision to put her to sleep and so Hope became an orphan at just a few months old.
Another orphan foal was at the farm at the same time and bonded instantly with Hope to become an inseparable pair. Hope's now a beautiful yearling who has flourished and has a bright future.
All four ponies will compete in the PRP/RSPCA rescue classes at Equifest on Saturday 12th August, bidding for a place in the evening championship where just one will be crowned Equifest Rescue Pony Champion for 2017.
World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre Manager, Fran Williamson, said: “We're all so proud of the amazing recoveries these four ponies have made and I'm very excited to see them perform at Equifest.
"Whatever placings they do or don’t receive at the show, we will still be celebrating what they have achieved given their difficult backgrounds and times they have encountered in their lives.
"On top of this, they are great ambassadors for World Horse Welfare and the high quality of horses and ponies we have ready for rehoming so I would ask anyone attending Equifest to make sure to give them the big round of applause they deserve.”
Find out more about rehoming: www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming