Pony ap­peal

Vol­un­teer’s search for new land for res­cued horses

Wilmslow Express - - FRONT PAGE -

STU­ART GREER

AS­TU­DENT has launched a des­per­ate ap­peal to find a new home for two ponies res­cued from the brink of death.

Spirit and Uno were found in life-threat­en­ing cir­cum­stances and were nursed back to health by an an­i­mal char­ity.

So­phie Wood met the pair while vol­un­teer­ing at the sanc­tu­ary and has now adopted them.

How­ever, the 23-yearold has been told she has to move them from their cur­rent home near Lind­low Com­mon.

So­phie, who is study­ing physics at the Uni­ver­sity of Manch­ester, is now ap­peal­ing for a new field to rent in the Wilm­slow area.

So­phie, from Al­trin­cham, came into con­tact with the ponies while vol­un­teer­ing at Hasty Lane Horse and Pony Sanc­tu­ary, in Hale Barns.

She said: “Spirit was aban­doned in a field in Wilm­slow last April. He was half starved and men­tally scarred due to abuse.

“At first he was un­touch­able so I have been train­ing him and we have re­ally bonded and he has made huge im­prove­ments, but there is still progress to be made.”

Uno, who is es­ti­mated to be 25 years old, was found se­verely mal­nour­ished at a zoo in Scot­land.

So­phie added: “Uno is also very ner­vous of peo­ple.

“He was brought to Wilm­slow as a com­pan­ion for Spirit be­cause horses are very un­happy when they are alone.”

So­phie’s big­gest prob­lem is that Spirit can­not be trans­ported us­ing a horse trailer be­cause of his nerves.

She said: “Some kind lo­cal res­i­dents of­fered their field tem­po­rar­ily un­til it was pos­si­ble to move him. Un­for­tu­nately we have been un­able to load him into a horse trailer be­cause he is so ter­ri­fied of what might hap­pen and pan­ics.

“It would re­quire regular train­ing with a trailer to get him used to it but un­for­tu­nately nei­ther the sanc­tu­ary or my­self have regular ac­cess to one.

“The new field ide­ally needs to be within a one hour walk of Lin­dow Com­mon so they can safely be moved. I am will­ing to do any main­te­nance or re­pairs.

“I’m des­per­ate to find some­where for th­ese ponies to have a re­lax­ing life af­ter all the suf­fer­ing they have been through.”

Call So­phie on 07729 408314 or email screa@ hot­mail.co.uk. stu­art.greer@men­media.co.uk @stu­art­greer

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