‘She was left to die by a busy road’
Three years later, this cob has lofty aims
“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.”