Spindles Farm Pony finds new home thanks to Horse Trust

By: Horse Deals

Spindles Farm Pony finds new home thanks to Horse Trust
Spindles Farm Pony finds new home thanks to Horse Trust

Spindles Farm rescue pony Star, a 13hh five-year-old black gelding, last week travelled from The Horse Trust in Speen, Buckinghamshire to his new home at Oakwood Youth Challenge in Wokingham, Berkshire.

When Star was rescued from Spindles Farm, he was severely underweight and suffering from a salmonella infection. He was only 8 months old at the time and was the youngest pony to be rescued.  Star's body condition was of grave concern to staff at The Horse Trust, as he weighed only 197kg,  rather than 250kg, which would have been normal for a foal of his age. Staff at The Horse Trust nurtured Star back to health and within four months he had gained 54kg. As Star has never been ridden before, The Horse Trust needed to find a new owner who would be able to train him from scratch.

Liane Crowther, Welfare Development Manager at The Horse Trust, said Oakwood Youth Challenge, a Christian charity that provides physical, emotional and spiritual challenges to young people, including riding tuition to disadvantaged and disabled children, is the ideal home for Star as he is a calm, friendly horse who is good with children.

Caroline Gilford, Stable Yard Manager at Oakwood Youth Challenge, said Star has settled in well and is a lovely pony.  "Star settled in well straight away - he was very calm and interested in what was going on," said Caroline. "Considering what he went through in his first year, he is a very sweet pony. He's had three and a half years to recuperate at The Horse Trust and staff have obviously done a wonderful job with him."

The Horse Trust depends on the support of the public to look after rescue horses such as Star. It costs the charity an average of £10 per day to look after each horse at the sanctuary, which includes the costs of grooms, forage, farriery and veterinary care. To donate to The Horse Trust, please visit www.horsetrust.org.uk, or contact the charity on

01494 488 464 or info@horsetrust.org.uk