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Spindles Farm pony off to work with Christian charity

June 29, 2011

The youngest pony rescued from Spindles Farm in Britain, in what was believed to be the biggest equine rescue in British history, is off to a new home with a Christian charity.

Star, a 13-hand five-year-old black gelding, last week travelled from The Horse Trust in Speen, Buckinghamshire, to his new home at Oakwood Youth Challenge in Wokingham, Berkshire.

When Star was rescued from Spindles Farm in 2008, he was severely underweight and suffering from a salmonella infection. He was only eight months old at the time and was the youngest pony to be rescued.

Star's body condition was of grave concern to staff at The Horse Trust, as he weighed only 197kg, rather than 250kg, which would have been normal for a foal of his age.

Staff at the trust nurtured Star back to health and within four months he had gained 54kg.

As Star has never been ridden before, The Horse Trust needed to find a new owner who would be able to train him from scratch.

Liane Crowther, welfare development manager at The Horse Trust, said Oakwood Youth Challenge, a Christian charity that provides physical, emotional and spiritual challenges to young people, including riding tuition to disadvantaged and disabled children, is the ideal home for Star as he is a calm, friendly horse who is good with children.

"We are delighted that Oakwood Youth Challenge has been able to offer Star a new home. I'm sure he will love his new home," said Liane.

Caroline Gilford, stable yard manager at Oakwood Youth Challenge, said Star has settled in well and is a lovely pony.

"Star settled in well straight away - he was very calm and interested in what was going on," she said. "Considering what he went through in his first year, he is a very sweet pony. He's had three and a half years to recuperate at The Horse Trust and staff have obviously done a wonderful job with him."

Caroline said the children who use Oakwood's facilities were very excited about his arrival. The Horse Trust put together a storyboard about Star's life so far, which the children have been reading.

"We hadn't told the kids that Star was arriving, so his arrival was a lovely surprise. They absolutely love him as he's such a good looking pony and so friendly," said Caroline.

"It's nice to give him a second chance as he hasn't had a great start in life, like many of the children we work with."

Star with Becky, Jemma, Lily and Rachel at Oakwood Youth Challenge.



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