The 12 ponies of Christmas: could you give Oreo a home?

  • Once again this year, for the next 12 days, we bring you 12 equines, all looking for loving new homes. Could you provide one?

    On the first day of Christmas, Horse & Hound and World Horse Welfare gave to me….. Oreo.

    A bright and friendly gelding, Oreo arrived at the charity’s Norfolk centre in November 2015.

    The 11.2hh bay pony was part of a large group of horses which had become too big for their owner to care for.

    “Oreo adores attention and has made excellent progress here at Belwade Farm after arriving entire and unhandled,” said a World Horse Welfare spokesman.

    The pony is looking for an experienced rehomer who could continue to regularly handle and train him.

    There is no reason why Oreo could not be trained to drive or be backed to ride with the right rehomer.

    But he cannot carry any more than 38kg combined saddle and rider weight.

    The pony is good to catch, lead and groom but is still a bit nervous with the farrier, although he is improving with each visit.

    Described as a good doer, he does need careful management to ensure he remains at the right weight.

    “Oreo is a friendly pony who seems to enjoy learning,” said a World Horse Welfare spokesman.

    Rehoming a project pony like Oreo can be “an incredibly rewarding thing to do” the spokesman added.

    All the charity’s centres are operating at full capacity, so rehoming is vitally important.

    Giving a home to a rescue pony gives them a second chance at fulfilling their potential and helps develop new skills and confidence.

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    For more information on Oreo, or any of the other World Horse Welfare horses and ponies who are looking for new homes, visit the charity’s website.

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