Ever won­dered what hap­pens to the res­cued horses and ponies you read about in the news? Won­der no more…

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PUF­FIN WAS FOUND as part of a group of 50 horses that had been aban­doned in Som­er­set in 2017. It’s thought the herd had been sub­jected to hor­rific cru­elty as Puf­fin and the rest of the group were ter­ri­fied of hu­man con­tact. Blue Cross took seven-year-old Puf­fin to its sanc­tu­ary in Bur­ford, Ox­ford­shire, where her long road to re­cov­ery be­gan. Ini­tially, helpers at the sanc­tu­ary were un­able to get near Puf­fin to han­dle her and in­stead spent a lot of time at a dis­tance. Slowly, staff gained Puf­fin’s trust and were able to put a head­col­lar on, lead her and pick out her hooves. With this new-found con­fi­dence, it was de­cided that Puf­fin was ready to be re­homed. Jane Mansell and her daugh­ter, Emily, first fell in love with Puf­fin af­ter vis­it­ing Blue Cross in the sum­mer and it wasn’t long be­fore the lit­tle mare was en route to their home in Buck­ing­hamshire. “Puf­fin quickly set­tled in with our re­tired New For­est pony, Maisy,” says Jane. “We’re lucky enough to keep Puf­fin at home, so she con­stantly sees us and her con­fi­dence is grow­ing ev­ery day. “She hap­pily comes over for her to­ken feed in the morn­ings and we’re con­tin­u­ing her clicker train­ing, which Blue Cross showed us. She can still be a lit­tle ner­vous but she has im­proved so much.”

AF­TER Puf­fin is now en­joy­ing a new life with Emily

Puffin­was found as p art o f a g roup of 5 0 p onies w ho’d been aban­doned BE­FORE

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