Seven Welsh mountain ponies rescued as part of a massive multi-agency operation are settling into their new home in Lancashire.
The horses were part of a herd of 40 taken in by the Horses and Ponies Protection Association (HAPPA) at Shores Hey Farm near Burnley in February.
Upon arrival, the horses underwent a full health check and two were found to be pregnant. A healthy foal has since been born and the second was born anytime soon.
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Naming the horses was a top priority at HAPPA and the new residents of the charity horse sanctuary were given nicknames inspired by the staff’s favorite salty snacks – Pringle, Dorito, McCoy, Wotsit, Skip and PomBear’s foal, Mini Cheddar .
The remaining pony, who is heavily pregnant, is expected to be named by one of the charity’s sponsors.
HAPPA worked alongside World Horse Welfare (WHW) to rescue the horses from the remote Welsh farm when their owner died.
Charities were called upon when the owner’s family realized they were unable to care for so many animals.
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LancsLive was invited to tour the facility, which also has an on-site restaurant and gift shop and accommodates up to 45 homes.
It is above all a center that saves and rehabilitates horses before they are adopted or fed and can house up to 45 animals.
Horses can arrive injured, abused and malnourished from neglect and with behavioral issues and the team of highly trained and dedicated staff and volunteers work hard to care for them and prepare them for their new home.
Their veterinary needs are catered for and tailored to each horse and thorough assessments are carried out on potential new owners, including follow-up welfare inspection visits to their new home once they have settled in.
In addition to the extensive stables, there is an indoor event arena, an outdoor parade ring – both of which are available for hire – a party hall and an education hall.
The charity runs a number of regular activities and events including themed children’s parties, competitions and ‘Pony Day’ which gives youngsters the experience of looking after a horse .
There is also the award-winning Fussy Filly Tack and Gift Shop which sells new and used riding and riding gear.
Caring for horses is at the heart of everything HAPPA does, but it has also become a destination for a family day trip, with a playground, community events, the stylish refurbished cafe and boutique. of gifts.