A horse who was in the care of Blue Cross for nearly 300 days is starting the new year in a new home.

Felix came into the care of the charity from the RSPCA after his previous owner was prosecuted for neglect. He had scarring on his body from old injuries where he was used in a badly-fitted harness and had been overworked.

The recently gelded pony had to be carefully introduced to other horses at the charity’s site in Shilton Road as it’s thought he had been sadly kept on his own for most of his life.

Julia Bartlett, Horse Welfare Assistant worked with Felix on his training while in the charity’s care.

“It’s great that Felix is our first horse we’ve rehomed this year as he’s been waiting a long time to find the perfect home,” she said. “When he came to us we had to carefully introduce him to the other horses out in the field as we think the only time he had been allowed to be with other horses in the past was when covering.

Felix (right) with Jessica and Ice (left)

“We found he thrived off companionship and we slowly worked with him to integrate him into bigger herds.

“Felix is the most lovable horse who settled really well and enjoyed routine and a one to one connection with his trainer. It was so rewarding to see how he blossomed in our care.

“Happily now we know that Felix will know only love in his new home.”

His new owner Heidi said Felix had settled in really well.

“He’s really getting on well with us, my daughter Jessica and his buddy Ice. We’re so happy to have given him a loving new home after his ordeal.”

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