[Cam before (left) and after his incredible transformation]
A neglected pony once terrified of people has made a remarkable turnaround thanks to Blue Cross – and has landed on his hooves with a new family who adore him.
Cam arrived at our rehoming centre in Burford, Oxfordshire, more than five years ago after being rescued by another animal welfare charity.
He was in an appalling state – filthy, emaciated, infested with lice and suffering from a nasty respiratory infection.
Aside from his health problems, Cam, thought then to be aged around one year, was also extremely nervous around people which made treating him a challenge.
Little was known about his traumatic past, but it was clear that Cam had little or no experience of human contact before being rescued.
Gradually, though, we helped the dashing gelding overcome his fears and he was soon on the road to recovery, both mentally and physically.
Rehoming Assistant, Emily Lambert, said: “On arrival the first thing that needed to be done was to get a head collar on Cam so that future handling could be done more easily.
“He was very nervous and became unsettled whenever someone entered the stable.
“But after spending some time just stood quietly in the stable we managed to edge closer to him and then get a rope around his neck. Although this unsettled him, he soon calmed down and we managed to get a head collar on.”
This then enabled our team to get Cam used to regular handling and eventually start training sessions, in which he learnt to do all the things a normal domesticated horse would, such as being groomed, have his feet picked out, leading with a rope and being tied up.