‘She was left to die by a busy road’

Three years later, this cob has lofty aims

Horse & Hound - - Triumph Over Adversity - Emma Pear­son

“IN 2015 I came across a very thin and ne­glected cob left to die at the side of a busy road. Af­ter work­ing closely with the po­lice and World Horse Wel­fare, no owner was found. So, af­ter the cor­rect pro­ce­dures had been taken, I de­cided to claim le­gal own­er­ship of the mare.

“Un­for­tu­nately, four months af­ter tak­ing her in, she be­came very ill with chronic grass sick­ness and we didn’t think she would sur­vive. But we had a fighter and with 24/7 care we pulled Peteareta through. I was so re­lieved to have her alive, I didn’t mind if she was for­ever to be a com­pan­ion. It took me eight months just to gain her trust to touch her legs as her past had left her with se­ri­ous men­tal scars.

“This year, a friend sug­gested I try to break her to har­ness. I had huge doubts about whether this lit­tle pony who had been through so much would ever take to hav­ing a job. But she proved what a fan­tas­tic lit­tle pony she re­ally is — as long as she trusted me she would do any­thing. We are now out do­ing long plea­sure drives with the aim to com­pete in three-phase driving tri­als. I never thought this dream would come true, and the feel­ing of achieve­ment is huge.”

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