A young cob named Buddy who has been living at equine rescue centre HorseWorld since 2011 has finally been rehomed. 

On arrival at HorseWorld Buddy weighed just 108kg and his frail skeletal frame was hidden beneath his thick, matted winter coat. If he had been cared for and healthy, he would have weighed around 280-300kg. He was also suffering from severe diarrhoea that was full of redworm.

Now, four years on, Buddy is fighting fit and giving no clues to his traumatic start in life. HorseWorld’s team of specialist trainers worked with the young pony to train him to be ridden so he could find a new home on the charity’s loan scheme where he would receive all the love and one-to-one attention he deserves.

Buddy’s new loaner, Harriet Champion said, “I'm so excited to give Buddy a new home. He will be being ridden by my two nephews and niece where they can all grow up together and learn together as a team. I'm looking forward to being able to give all the team at HorseWorld updates on how he’s doing after the bad start in life he had.”

Buddy’s medical care cost over £2,600 in the first three weeks alone. Vet fees and feed costs continued to accumulate throughout his rehabilitation. Manager, Jerry Watkins commented “This is one of the worst cases of neglect HorseWorld has seen in a long time, the fact that Buddy kept fighting was enough inspiration for us to fight just as hard to save his young life. Now, seeing him start his new life as a riding pony with a family that love him makes it all worthwhile.

“Buddy is now fully recovered but is just one of many rescue cases that HorseWorld helps. The winter is our busiest time when the cold weather and lack of grazing means that horses that are abandoned or neglected become emaciated and ill very quickly. We do not receive any government funding for the rescue service we provide, and rely completely on the generous support of the public to be able to rescue these animals.”

To make a donation to Buddy’s Hope Appeal, visitwww.justgiving.com/buddyshopeappeal or call 01275 893020