Puffin

12.1hh Piebald filly born approx 2015

 


 

In March 2017 we were asked to assist Highways England and Avon & Somerset Police with the rescue of 3 ponies illegally left to graze on Highways' owned land in Avon and Somerset, abandoned to their fate by a callous owner. All 3 were found starving, riddled with parasites and 2 were heavily pregnant. 

 

Puffin arrived at only 2 years old and whilst underweight she was nowhere near as thin as Sparrow. She did however have horribly overgrown feet that were badly affecting her gait and stance, which we sorted as soon as we could for her, she also has a heart murmur that will need monitoring. Despite being so young and underweight, we found out Puffin was also pregnant.

 

Incredibly sadly Puffin's little filly foal didn't make it. We can't be completely sure why however it is highly likely that she was the result of inbreeding and Puffin's poor treatment earlier in the pregnancy may not have helped. Puffin didn't seem overly concerned which our vet says may have indicated she knew something wasn't right with her foal. Our head groom was holding the baby girl when she breathed her last so she was loved and not alone. Poor Puffin is only two years old and this must have all been quite a shock for her. We will give Puffin all the time she needs to recover and then hopefully she will begin a training program with a view to her being rehomed at some time in the future.   

 

We must say a huge thank you to colleagues at Highways England who rescued them all and to Avon and Somerset Police for helping to find them a safe home with us. At least now, whatever happens, they are fed, warm and cared for. We must all be grateful for the change in the law in 2015 when the Control of Horses Act (England) came into being after so much work from across the horse and countryside sectors and the willingness of parliamentarians of all parties and from both houses to get this essential Act passed. 

Read more about Inca Dove and Phoenix here.