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Neglected ponies recovering at Bucks charity

Credit: Mare and Foal Sanctuary

Nine horses and ponies continue their Recovery Journey at The Horse Trust in Speen.

It follows sentencing for Cruelty at Cornwall Horse Therapy Centre.

Sarah Baker, Darren Laker and James Baker were sentenced at Truro Crown Court yesterday (29 February) in a case brought by the RSPCA, regarding animal welfare offences relating to animals they kept and cared for at Family Nest Therapy in Par.

Concerns were raised by a member of the public when some animals were seen malnourished and in a poor state, the court heard.

The RSPCA, supported by The Mare and Foal Sanctuary seized thirteen equines and various other animals. They were severely underweight with overgrown hooves, serious lice infestation, alopecia, worm burden, and viral conjunctivitis.

Following a year in the care of The Mare and Foal Sanctuary, due to capacity issues on site, nine of the thirteen horses and ponies have moved into the permanent specialist care of The Horse Trust in the South East of England. Both charities are members of the National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) and provide expert lifelong care to equines in need.

Some of the ponies are still nervous around humans and our equine behaviour specialists are working with them to help build their trust.

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