Ponies saved by volunteer’s determination

Nellie the neglected horse when she arrived at Penny Farm

Nellie the neglected horse when she arrived at Penny Farm

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A nuzzle from two ponies she helped save from neglect is the best thankyou ever for one horse lover.

Nellie and Napoleon have now made a full recovery thanks to the care of volunteers at World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm, just outside Blackpool.

Rachel Edgerton with Nellie and Napoleon who have been rehabilitated at Penny Farm near Blackpool after being found neglected on a road.

Rachel Edgerton with Nellie and Napoleon who have been rehabilitated at Penny Farm near Blackpool after being found neglected on a road.

They were rescued by Rachel Edgerton after being found by a farmer wandering on a road late one winter evening.

With the help of a police officer, Rachel was able to herd the horses into a nearby field where they would be safe overnight.

The next day, Rachel was shocked by how emaciated both ponies were and called World Horse Welfare’s welfare line for assistance.

World Horse Welfare field officer Chris Shaw came out to assess the ponies and given their terrible condition, plus the fact no owner could be identified, it was decided to move Nellie and Napoleon to the safety of Penny Farm on Preston New Road.

But the farm’s horseboxes were already in use which meant no transport was available. Determined to get the animals to safety, Rachel booked and paid for a horse transporter to come and collectthe ponies.

Six months after she helped save Nellie and Napoleon from near where she lives in Wath-upon-Dearne, near Rotherham, Rachel was invited back to Penny Farm to see how they were getting on.

She said: “They look absolutely brilliant, I can’t believe the transformation. They were in such a terrible condition, emaciated and infested with worms and lice and now they look amazing.

“I’m over the moon to have this opportunity to see the ponies again and so impressed with the amazing results the team at Penny Farm have achieved.

“I’d urge anyone thinking about donating to World Horse Welfare to go ahead and do it because without them Nellie, Napoleon and thousands of other horses wouldn’t have had this chance at a new lease of life and there are still many more who need their help.”

Chris said: “The ponies were clearly in a vulnerable situation.

“Rachel’s actions were not only quick thinking and compassionate, but she absolutely went above and beyond to keep the ponies safe and give them the best possible chance of recovery.

“Her generosity and dedication are exceptional and I know I speak for everyone at World Horse Welfare when I say we are immensely grateful.”

Nellie and Napoleon have both now been rehomed as companions.