Volunteer’s search for new land for rescued horses
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. firstname.lastname@example.org @stuartgreer