With a namesake famous for his naval conquests as well as his missing eye, little one-eyed Nelson’s battle for survival was also aquatic.
The neglected pony was found struggling to live in a grassless, waterlogged field but with the RSPCA and Blue Cross on his side Nelson won his fight for a better life.
Through our Home Direct Scheme he has been matched with his new owner, who is totally smitten with her new equine hero.
Nelson was a seven-year-old stallion when he, and two geldings, were found in a flooded field with no grass.
His right eye was missing, looking as though it had been surgically removed a long time before, probably because of an injury or infection.
The trio had not been provided with any hay, hard feed or day-to-day care and were in a very thin and neglected state.
The ponies were rehabilitated by the RSPCA and their previous owner was eventually prosecuted.
Nelson was neutered and initially placed in a new home but he was still a bit of a handful with his stallion-like tendencies. These proved too much for his new owner so we stepped in to help.
Emily Lambert, Blue Cross Home Direct Rehoming Assistant, explains: “Sometimes when stallions are gelded later in life they can still show some challenging stallion-like traits and need skilled and careful handling.
“Luckily for Nelson the owner we found for him, who is experienced with more difficult horses, was looking for a companion pony to live with her herd of two; Paddy, a black and white cob, now 19 and arthritic who can no longer be ridden and his little companion, Mowgli.
“Nelson is such a sweet and inquisitive pony”, said new owner Janet West, from Suffolk.
“He always comes to the fence to greet me. It just takes a little patience and ingenuity to keep them safe while they settle.”
Our Home Direct Scheme means we can rehome a privately owned horse while they are still in the care of their current owner.
Nelson is such a sweet and inquisitive pony. He always comes to the fence to greet me. It just takes a little patience and ingenuity to keep them safe while they settle.” New owner Janet
We still carry out all the usual assessments on both the horse and the potential new home, w're there to make sure everything goes smoothly, and it helps keep our stables free for horses who are in desperate need and have nowhere else to go.
We have also recently joined forces with the RSPCA to help rehome more horses like Nelson through the scheme.
Anna Hemmings, RSPCA Centre Manager in Lockwood, Surrey, said: “We were very pleased to have the help of Blue Cross to spread the word about Nelson's story to a wider audience in the hope of finding him the special home he needed.
“We look forward to continuing to work together with Blue Cross and their Home Direct Scheme to place even more rescued equines into loving new homes.”
Find out more about our Home Direct scheme here.