Cranberry’s Christmas cheer: Agility win for rescue pony

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Robyn Bills and Cranberry have had a successful first outing. © World Horse Welfare
Robyn Bills and Cranberry have had a successful first outing, winning an agility competition. © World Horse Welfare

Festively named little Cranberry has proven to be a real Christmas Cracker, with the rescue pony excelling in her first competition with her rehomer and winning an agility class.

Now seven, the piebald pony arrived along with several other ponies, at World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in December 2018 after being removed from a site where they were likely to suffer. At least one other horse had died due to complications from a large parasite burden.

All the ponies were unhandled and, being close to Christmas, were given festive names. After careful rehabilitation to make sure she was fully healthy and used to being handled, Cranberry was ready for rehoming.

In August 2018, Robyn Bills was looking to rehome a pony to keep her older mare company.

“We chose World Horse Welfare to rehome from as they were the charity that stood out. The preparation that goes into these horses and ponies before rehoming is incredible,” Robyn said.

“When we went to view her she came to us in the field and we just got that feeling she was the one for us. Cranberry loaded and travelled impeccably all because of the training she underwent with the World Horse Welfare team. Cranberry settled in really well and is the sweetest, most honest pony we’ve come across – we love her endlessly.”

Robyn rehomed Cranberry as an unbroken project pony with a view to backing her to do hacking and general fun rides. She was backed this summer and will be turned out over the winter whilst a plan is put together to get her restarted in spring to begin her ridden career.

Cranberry in action in her first agility class. © World Horse Welfare

“I found agility was just another opportunity for us to spend time together. I thought it would be something helpful for Cranberry and a chance to get her out and about mixing with other ponies. I never thought she would take to it so well! Hopefully, it’s a step to helping her become a fully ridden, happy pony in the future, but she and I had great fun and I’m so proud of her coming first!”

Most of the horses available for rehoming from World Horse Welfare have had difficult lives before coming into the charity and rehoming offers them a vital second chance, as well as making space in the farms for more horses who need help to be taken in.

World Horse Welfare’s rehoming website sets out the rehoming process clearly; rehomers receive an honest assessment of their chosen horse and their capabilities, as well as ongoing support and the reassurance that if their circumstances change, the rehomed horse can be returned to World Horse Welfare.

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