HAPPA are delighted to share the success story of two tiny little miniature ponies that were saved on separate occasions by the Charity.
Both were left abandoned and forgotten until HAPPA came to the rescue. HAPPA Little John was found in a sorry state tied to a tree in a remote forest left for dead suffering from an equine disease known as Strangles. HAPPA Gandalf’s plight came to our attention after a concerned member of the public found him severely emaciated having been abandoned on waste land tied to a chain and without any food or water.
HAPPA place all rehabilitated equines in suitable private homes through the legally binding Loan Scheme. Both these ponies have been found loving loan homes in the care of borrowers Louise Bleasdale and Natalie Lofthouse.
HAPPA Foula Orlando (Little John) and HAPPA Liscombe Park Jim Hawkin (Gandalf), the ponies’ show names, have recently embarked on a prestigious showing career and are proving to be Show Stopping Champions.
Having recently competed at the Red Rose Shetland Show which is affiliated to the Shetland Pony Stud Book Society (SPSBS), both ponies came home with ribbons and Little John secured a first place in the Coloured section.
Luckily both ponies were micro chipped before being rescued enabling HAPPA to trace the ponies origin and parentage. Official passports were obtained enabling the ponies to be eligible to enter affiliated competitions. However sadly our search did not uncover the persons responsible for abandoning the ponies and leaving them to suffer.
Louise Bleasdale, borrower of Little John, says “It was wonderful to get the boys together and they became ‘stable mates’ for the day; their manners were impeccable with each other for a first time meeting. We are going to get together in the future to show the boys again and help promote the wonderful work HAPPA do. People were amazed when speaking to us about the ponies, to be told their stories of how they came to be rescued by HAPPA in such terrible circumstances. We had so many wonderful comments about the fantastic condition both ponies are in.
Natalie Lofthouse, borrower of Gandalf, says “Gandalf has been doing great this year, securing placings in the Mountain & Moorland. He has lots of accolades including two trophies and a sash. He is a real character and loves to gallop around the fields at home keeping up with the bigger horses. He is also the boss and most definitely rules the roost; his favourite pastime is eating grass and having a little buck. He is a tiny pony with a big personality and has captured our hearts- he is a little superstar and we love him dearly.”
We wish both equines all the best for their next show.