From abandoned foal to YouTube star: Teeny, tiny Duke makes his debut

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Popular British vlogger This Esme has a new equine star to share with the world after the arrival of rescue pony Duke.

The dappled grey 11hh Welsh Mountain pony’s arrival was revealed in a video as he was collected from World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset, and Esme has shared a video showing what Duke has been up to in his first week at his new home.

Feisty little Duke was rescued as a foal in May 2020 after being abandoned at just a few days old. He was far too young to survive without his mother.

Duke was rescued as a foal in May 2020.
Duke was rescued as a foal in May 2020. © World Horse Welfare

Duke needed emergency veterinary treatment but after a couple of days was well enough to be taken to Glenda Spooner Farm by World Horse Welfare where the team there set about hand-rearing him. He recovered and continued to grow and, a year later, was ready for rehoming as a youngster.

Esme produces weekly instalments tracking the triumphs and trials with her three horses, promoting riding, how to care for horses and welfare. Her YouTube channel has more than 660,000 subscribers and more than 5 million views a month.

Visiting World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset for a filming appointment, Esme fell in love with tiny Duke and, after applying for him through the charity’s online rehoming system, she received the happy news that Duke could join her at home.

Esme said: “Duke is doing so well, he is really settled and happy in his new home and really likes the attention and cuddles he is getting as well as being a friend for my cremello pony Mickey, they are getting on great. When filming at GSF this little pony came up to me, had his face in the camera, and seemed to love the attention, he is an amazing little guy with a lot of character.”

Esme's new arrival Duke has settled in well at his new home.
Esme’s new arrival Duke has settled in well at his new home.

Esme’s video (below) charts her very early morning start and journey across to Somerset to pick him up and bring him home, and his introduction to her other horses. It proved really popular, trending in YouTube’s Top 20 slot.

Duke is sure to appear in future videos and continue his film career, as he learns about the world and carries out his important role as a companion for her other horses.

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