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Abandoned horses need a home

An animal sanctuary in Somerset have two beautiful young horses in need of a home.

5-year-old Sydney was found with a group of 14 other pregnant mares.

She gave birth to a daughter - India - in April at the Ferne Animal Sanctuary in Wambrook, near Chard.

Now both are in excellent health and in need of loving homes.

Sydney and baby India Credit: Ferne Animal Sanctuary


  • A big girl, expected to make at least 14.2 hands high
  • When grown she'll be suitable for riding or being broken to harness
  • Very well handled and can lead, be groomed and pick her feet up
  • Ideally would love a playmate of similar age


  • It’s unknown if she has ever had any training.
  • She has had quite an unpleasant life and is often on the defence - but with some time and tender loving care, she should come round and be a lovely pony.

We are now preparing to wean them so they will both be looking for new homes with people who have experience of training and keeping young horses

– Nikki Haddock, Head of Animal Care at Ferne Animal Sanctuary

Abandoned ponies are now a huge problem throughout the UK.

Horses like these rely on charities to take them in, or they wouldn't have survived.

  • Anyone who can help should contact Nikki Haddock at Ferne Animal Sanctuary on 01460 65214.