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

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A blos­som­ing friend­ship be­tween a res­cued pony and her young rider has re­sulted in show­ing suc­cess. Since find­ing a new home through Red­wings Horse Sanc­tu­ary’s re­hom­ing scheme, Red­wings Fern has taken her lo­cal show­ing scene by storm, pick­ing up rosettes and win­ning the Best Res­cue Class at The Ayl­sham Show. New For­est cross Fern was just three months old when she was res­cued along­side her mum For­est in 2005. Red­wings re­ceived a re­port of a poorly foal with an eye con­di­tion and sent a field of­fi­cer to in­ves­ti­gate. Af­ter speak­ing to the owner, Fern and For­est were signed into Red­wings’ care so she could re­ceive the treat­ment she des­per­ately needed. Hap­pily, Fern made a full re­cov­ery and grew into a lov­able pony, mak­ing her the ideal can­di­date to be trained as a lead-rein pony as part of Red­wings’ re­hom­ing scheme. In March 2018, she found a lov­ing home with Danielle Pye, and soon be­came best friends with her new young rider, Danielle’s son Jay­den, who’s five. When not im­press­ing in the show ring, the pair have fun hack­ing, ex­plor­ing their vil­lage and nearby for­est, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in gymkhana games. Danielle said: “Fern has be­come such a big part of our fam­ily. We all love her cheeky, pretty face. I was so proud of them at The Ayl­sham Show I nearly cried. Fern be­haved im­pec­ca­bly, and Jay­den rode her beau­ti­fully. She is our spe­cial lit­tle lady, and I think she’s quite fond of her lit­tle per­son too, as she calls out to Jay­den when she sees him.”

Fern a s a c ute f oal Look­ing good 13 years o n

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