Rescuing and re-homing equines since 1974
Asher

Asher

Asher

Re-homed April 2013

One day everything was normal at Hope Pastures and one of our Trustees, Alyson had arranged to go to the local supermarket to collect some donated Carrots for the horses.

 On arrival back she told our Yard Manager that she had seen a worrying sight-just a 2 minute walk from Hope Pastures there were cars pulled up along the road and a crowd of people around a very,very skinny black pony.

 We immediately went to see if we could offer any help. There was the most emaciated pony we had ever seen stood by the road, barely able to stand.

 Around him were his rescuers, Sharon and Joanne who recognised us as they are Hope Pastures supporters, as well as other friends who had come out to assist.

 They explained that Sharon had been driving around some 7 miles away and saw some youths dragging and beating this pony to get him to walk. She confronted them but as they were very threatening she called the Police, and although she lost their trail she drove around for the next two hours desperately searching for him.

 It was so lucky for the pony who was found not too far from Hope Pastures., having being dragged from Seacroft which is over 7 miles away. By now he was so exhausted, and Sharon just wanted to help him. She begged for them to sell him and eventually arranged to get them some money and bought him in the hope that at least even if he needed to be put to sleep he would have a dignified ending.

 The youths became aggressive and the police attended. Their actions were caught on camera and the police gave them a verbal warning. The RSPCA were called too but couldn’t make it out in time, so attended the pony at a later date to take statements and record his neglect.

 We somehow managed to help the pony walk the few hundred yards to Hope Pastures using a bucket of feed and giving him lots of rests.

 On arrival we all pulled together to quickly make an extra deep straw bed in one of our stables and gave the pony a chance to rest and have a drink of water and a sleep. He really was a pitiful sight, he was filthy and matted and all of his ribs and hips were poking out, he looked just like a skeleton with fur on. He was crawling with lice and infested with worms too. The saddest thing was that at this point he was only around 1 year-18 months old.

 We were not sure whether he would make it and after the RSPCA and the Vet had visited we decided to give him a chance as he had a good appetite. The RSPCA visited the youths and gave them a warning for the cruelty they had inflicted on the pony, but as they were saying that they had only just bought the pony there was no proof of who had let him starve almost to death.

 He was soon named ‘Asher’ which is Hebrew for ‘Happy/Blessing’.

 We found he was severely anaemic and put him on a weight gain diet of 5 small feeds a day with Haematinic supplements. It took months of hard work but eventually Asher re-gained his strength and weight bit by bit.

 He stayed at Hope Pastures for over a year until he was gelded and ready to be re-homed.

 All through this the support that Asher received from his rescuers was amazing! They bought him feed and rugs and did lots of fundraising to help us to pay his massive Vets fees. They visited him several times a week to groom him, bath him and feed him sacks full of freshly picked meadow grass.

 If only all of the cruelty cases that came into HP had such an amazing group of supporters we would not struggle so much to find the funds and time to give them the TLC that they need! Asher was such a lucky pony to have been rescued just in time by such kind and caring people. He grew into a handsome young horse with a remarkable moustache.

 Asher was soon offered a lovely home with one of our supporters and volunteers, Diane and her husband Richard. He has settled in well with their other horse Lewi, who is the double of Asher, and all other the other horses,ponies and donkeys in his field. When he is 4 he may begin his ridden training but as things are he is just enjoying being pampered and loved, which is the least he deserves after all he has been through.

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Asher having a bath shortly after arrival, severely emaciated.


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Asher shortly after arrival.


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Asher eating his dinner.


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Ash in his new home.


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Asher and his new ‘mum’ Di.



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Asher in his new home with his ‘big brother’ Lewi.

 

 

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