One of the ponies rescued in terrible condition from Spindles Farm has found a happy new home.

Star, a 13hh five-year-old black gelding, last week travelled from The Horse Trust in Speen, where he had been rehabilitated, to his new home at Oakwood Youth Challenge, a children’s charity in Berkshire.

At just eight months old Star was the youngest pony to be rescued from Spindles Farm. He was severely underweight and suffering from a salmonella infection, but soon put on weight in the care of The Horse Trust.

As Star is calm and friendly with children it was decided that the Oakwood Youth Challenge, which provides physical, emotional and spiritual support to young people, including riding tuition to disadvantaged and disabled children, would be the ideal home for him.

“Star settled in well straight away — he was very calm and interested in what was going on,” said the Oakwood Youth Challenge’s Caroline Gilford. “Considering what he went through in his first year, he is a very sweet pony.

“We hadn’t told the kids that Star was arriving, so it 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.”