A rescue horse found underweight and close to death will front World Horse Welfare’s (WHF) Christmas campaign. Nine year-old Mistletoe will be used to boost charitable donations.
A rescued mare found underweight and close to death will front World Horse Welfare’s (WHF) Christmas campaign.
Nine-year-old native pony Mistletoe was rescued last winter when WHF responded to a call on its welfare line and found five abandoned horses in very poor condition.
The horses were all taken to a holding yard before travelling to WHF’s Glenda Spooner Farm, in Somerset. Of the five ponies, two were quickly re-homed while the remaining three were named Holly, Mistletoe and Ivy. Holly was later euthanised due to serious health problems, while Ivy was re-homed, leaving only Mistletoe, who took longer to recover due to the severity of her neglect.
Now, to highlight the work done by the charity, Mistletoe will be the face of the festive campaign and has even been given her own donation page at www.worldhorsewelfare.org/mistletoe, where £20 will help to provide for the immediate care of a sick horse.
“Mistletoe’s training is now at the long reining stage,” said Claire Phillips, centre manager at Glenda Spooner Farm. “She has had a saddle fitted, and has been lightly backed. She will need to go to a competent rider who is happy to bring Mistletoe on, and although she is a very honest and straightforward mare, Mistletoe will need a capable and experienced home to help her to continue her education”.
- Anyone who can offer a horse a home should visit World Horse welfare’s rehoming pages