An elderly Shetland that was found tied up at a bus stop in Bristol is now looking for a new home.
Shoppers in the city centre were surprised to see the 34in grey pony waiting at the bus stop last month (28 October).
Concerned members of the public called welfare charity HorseWorld, who came to collect the stallion — and named him Buster.
”When we arrived he was being tormented by children,” said HorseWorld’s Joanne Vaughan.
“We untied him, loaded him up and brought him back to our welfare department. He’s no spring chicken and most of his front teeth are missing.
“He’s not underweight but we have no idea when he last had a vaccination, wormer, hoof trim, dental check and the list goes on. He’s been tested for various diseases and has now started a program of rehabilitation that caters for all of his needs.”
And yesterday (Monday 25 November) HorseWorld told H&H he’s settled in well and is nearly ready for a new home.
“He’s been castrated and has recovered remarkably quickly considering we think he’s over 20 years old,” said a HorseWorld spokesman.
“We will be looking to rehome him via our loan scheme soon. He will need to be in a home with no mares — as he has been a stallion for over 20 years — with fencing that an agile Shetland can’t climb through.
“He is such a little character, we think he’ll make a lovely pet or companion to other geldings.”
For more information visit: www.horseworld.org.uk