On arrival in our care, the ponies in the group taken in by Blue Cross were so terrified of being without their friends that the team had to quickly assess them before letting them run free in grassy paddocks in their groups.
Once they were more settled, we got them all the vet and farrier care they needed and placed them on the road to rehabilitation.
Mango, an emaciated bay cob, arrived in the worst condition. Wobbling as she walked, she weighed just 203kg and was given a body score of just one – the second from lowest possible.
“It was so sad to see them in this condition, especially when they were so young,” said Louise Lock, Senior Groom.
Understandably, the ponies were afraid of people, so the grooms had to work hard to build their trust.
But all of them except Indigo, who was particularly scared, took to handling faster than expected due to their inquisitive nature. So much so, that only Summer and Ayla are now waiting to find loving homes.
Clare Bevins, Veterinary and Yard Supervisor, said: “Indigo took a long time to build a relationship with anyone and every time something changed, he went back a step.
“Him being confidently caught in the field earlier this year was a highlight for everyone as it marked the turning of a corner.
“The others were fairly plain-sailing but their main highlight, as always, has been finding a nice new home.”