Five emaciated ponies are being treated by HorseWorld, after the organisation received an urgent call to ask if they could assist with a major rescue operation involving multiple rescue charities.

HorseWorld were already at capacity, but despite the pressure this placed on finances and resources, the charity said they couldn’t turn away from horses who were in desperate need.

“They wouldn’t have survived much longer without help,” said HorseWorld’s Head of Equine Welfare, Sarah Hollister. “They had been abandoned and were completely unhandled and terrified of humans. In a situation like this the equine skills of our team are really tested but with plenty of patience and kindness they were able to coax the frightened, bewildered ponies into the lorry and transport them to the safety of HorseWorld.

“These ponies are likely to be the subject of a prosecution case meaning we are unable to go into details about their identity, location of the rescue and the circumstances that led to them being in such an appalling condition until court proceedings are over.

“Our veterinary team have begun treating these rescued ponies which will be continued over the summer and it will take years of rehabilitation in the safe surroundings of HorseWorld to reach a stage where they might be suitable to find a loving home on our rehoming scheme. All this will place a financial pressure on HorseWorld so we’ve launched an appeal in the hope that our kind supporters may be able to help. The number horses and ponies finding themselves in desperate need seem to be increasing faster than we can rescue them.”

A brighter future

One of the mares in the group appears to be heavily in foal but is “extremely fearful” of humans making it difficult to give her a proper veterinary examination at this stage.

“It’s incredibly difficult to raise the sizeable funds needed for a rescue like this when we are prevented from telling you all the details while the court case is incomplete but as soon as we can, we will publish updates on their progress,” said HorseWorld’s Fundraising and Engagement Coordinator, Amy Williams.

“Any amount you can give to help us meet these unexpected and substantial costs would make a real difference and help to give these ponies a chance of a much brighter future.”

The appeal can be found on HorseWorld’s website at

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