Baby bonus after huge Welsh pony rescue operation

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World Horse Welfare took in 14 ponies after a large rescue operation late last year. Four of those have had foals.
World Horse Welfare took in 14 ponies after a large rescue operation late last year. Four of those have had foals. © World Horse Welfare

A handful of pint-sized foals have been welcomed by equine charity World Horse Welfare, following the rescue of the mothers late last year.

The mares were part of a multi-agency rescue of a group of 40 Welsh ponies late last year after their owner died suddenly and the family was unable to take on the day-to-day care of the ponies. Several groups helped out and took in ponies, with World Horse Welfare taking on 14 ponies.

Some of those ponies were mares who were in foal, and all four have now given birth at the charity’s Penny Farm.

“When mares arrive in our care in foal, we’re never sure exactly what their due date is and some like to keep us guessing,” the charity said.

“In this case, we predicted that one mare called Seren would have her foal first, but she decided to keep us waiting and in fact, she was the last mare from the group to give birth.”

The charity said the foals were thriving and proving popular with visitors. They will be ready for rehoming after they have been weaned.

Seren and her foal Major.
Seren and her foal Major. © World Horse Welfare
Maureen and her foal Babs.
Maureen and her foal Babs. © World Horse Welfare
Nap time for Fergus while Fiona rests.
Nap time for Fergus while Fiona rests. © World Horse Welfare

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