Ferne Animal Sanctuary is urgently seeking a new home for two rare breed Eriskay ponies.

Quiver and Quintus urgently need to find a new home.

Quiver and Quintus originally came to live at the sanctuary when their previous owner became too ill to look after them.

Nikki Haddock, head of equine at Ferne Animal Sanctuary said: “The Eriskay breed is critically endangered – this means there are less than 300 breeding mares left – which is rarer than the Giant Panda.

“They are native to the UK being from Eriskay, which is an island in the Outer Hebrides.

“Quiver and Quintus have never been broken in and have just been kept as ‘field ornaments’ for most of their lives. They are proving to be exceptionally difficult to find a new home for, so we are appealing to as many people as possible to help us.

“They are now fifteen years old and have never been separated, so they need to stay together. They are real little characters and would love a home to call their own to see out the rest of their days. They are a lovely example of a breed which is very rarely seen anymore.”

“Originally, the ponies would have been used for riding and driving. Children would even ride them to school. They are very versatile, strong enough to carry an adult, small enough to be ridden by children and capable of participating in any equestrian activities.

“We will be extremely grateful to anyone who can help us find them a permanent home.”

For more details visit www.ferneanimalsanctuary.org or call 01460 65214.

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