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Bodmin Moor Ponies’ Update

1st September 2017

In May 2016, Bransby Horses was part of a multi-agency rescue at Bodmin Moor, Cornwall. The External Welfare Team made a 16-hour round trip to collect eight starving and neglected ponies, who are now in the care of the charity. On arrival to our Animal Reception Centre (ARC), the ponies were given the veterinary treatment and attention they needed and then moved to The Peter Hunt Yard for handling. The initial handling of these horses was very difficult for staff as they were feral and nervous of humans. All the group are progressing well, staff are now able to pick up their hooves and lead them on their own, however they still have their quirks!

In January 2017, Bransby Horses received a further 10 mares from the Moor. Buttercup, Blossom, Camellia, Primrose, Ivy, Daisy, Lilac, Jasmine, Tulip and Snowdrop, as named by staff, all received the required veterinary treatment upon arrival. When assessed, it was evident Lilac was in foal and she later gave birth to Snapdragon in the ARC. Unfortunately, Jasmine had a previous injury that was infected and due to her feral state was put to sleep to alleviate her suffering. Following veterinary care in the ARC, the group have now moved to the Peter Hunt Yard to continue with their handling. Again, this will be a demanding task much like the first group however with time and dedication from staff the future is bright for the Bodmin Moor ponies.

Thank you to our wonderful supporters for enabling us to give these ponies a new start in life.

Picture above: “Primrose, Lilac, Snapdragon and Snowdrop.”

Image below: “Buttercup and Camellia.”

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