New home awaits “milestone” rescued foal

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Teyah pictured with her mum, Fuzzy Bear, after returning from intensive care.
Teyah pictured with her mum, Fuzzy Bear, after returning from intensive care. She was born in April 2020. © The Mare and Foal Sanctuary

The filly who was the 1000th rescue pony at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary is ready to head to a new home.

Teyah, whose name was chosen by members of the public, was born at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in April 2020 after her pregnant mother, Fuzzy Bear, was rescued in 2019. Fuzzy Bear arrived with two other pregnant mares, Lotte and Taylor, having been relinquished as part of a multi-agency rescue led by the RSPCA.

The case resulted in the prosecution of a woman at the North Devon Equine Rescue in Barnstaple for causing unnecessary suffering to animals.

Teyah’s arrival marked a historical milestone for the charity, which was founded by Rosemary Kind in Newton Abbot in 1988, but when she was born she was very unwell. She was showing signs of colic and her condition deteriorated fast. Teyah was rushed to Western Counties Equine Hospital along with Fuzzy Bear where she stayed for five days of intensive care. It was found that her urethra was spasming, which was preventing her from emptying her bladder.

Thankfully, she made a full recovery and is now a relaxed young pony who is progressing well with her training. She is 12hh and although she has not finished growing, the Moorland filly will probably always be a smaller pony like her mother, who is 11.2hh. The Mare and Foal Sanctuary are now hoping to rehome her through their Sanctuary at Home scheme as a companion to another horse or pony.

Teyah will always have lifelong care at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary whenever she needs it, but it is hoped she will find a long-term place to live with someone from the sanctuary’s network of knowledgeable carers. Her handler Amy says: “Teyah is very sweet and we’re all really keen to see her rehomed with someone who will love her as much as we do.”

The Mare and Foal Sanctuary has more than 450 horses and ponies looked after by carers in their own or liveried stables through the Sanctuary at Home scheme. Sanctuary at Home carers provide a sanctuary at home for as many years as they can for a horse or pony from the charity on a loan basis. The work of the charity would not be possible without these special people.

Teyah in December 2021 with her groom, Amy, at the Honeysuckle sanctuary.
Teyah in December 2021 with her groom, Amy, at the Honeysuckle sanctuary. © Mare and Foal Sanctuary

The charity relies completely on donations and has recently launched the Hope Appeal to help raise money and allow their work to continue.

» Contact the Mare and Foal Sanctuary if you can offer a safe and happy home to a horse or pony.

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