Two colts rescued by World Horse Welfare in February and given new Jane Austen-inspired names are ready to be rehomed.

Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy currently live at the charity’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Norfolk alongside Mr Bennet. The trio were taken in after their elderly owner was unable to give them the care they needed.

Mr Darcy is seeking a new home Credit: World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare Field Officer Jacko Jackson said:

“When I visited the site, it was clear that these three young colts sadly weren’t getting the care they needed,” said World Horse Welfare field officer Jacko Jackson.

“With a little digging, I discovered that the elderly owner simply was not able to look after her animals any longer and, after talking it all through, she came to terms with the situation.

“She agreed to sign them over to us to prevent the situation deteriorating further and to safeguard their future,” continued Jacko.

“It’s been wonderful to see these three blossom from underweight little ponies to confident youngsters ready to find loving new homes.”

“All three ponies were in very poor condition and quite significantly underweight when they arrived,” said World Horse Welfare groom James, who added that themes are used when naming groups of horses rescued at the same time.

Mr Bingley. Credit: World Horse Welfare

“While Mr Darcy and Mr Bennet began to pick up quite quickly, it soon became apparent that Mr Bingley wasn’t doing as well.”

Further testing carried out by vets showed that Mr Bingley was suffering with anaemia and had significant worm damage to his gut.

“He was very unwell for a couple of weeks, but with appropriate medication, supplementation and feeding we got him back on the road to recovery and now he’s ready for rehoming as a fit and healthy youngster,” said James.

“He even got to meet our President, The Princess Royal, during her recent visit [to the charity’s centre] so his life really has changed since the start of the year.”

Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy are now available for rehoming. The charity is also seeking stable yard sponsors to help support its important work and the equines in its care.

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