Young cob rescued from neglect is ready to find a home

In November 2013, horse rescue charity HorseWorld agreed to take in two young cobs named Bert and Ernie. They had been rescued as part of a group of ponies who were in very poor condition. Both ponies were underweight and unhandled. When HorseWorld collected them, the ponies needed extensive hoof care. Their feet were overgrown and infested with maggots. After a few months of remedial hoof trimming, veterinary care and training for basic handling both horses made full recoveries and went on to be assessed by the vet and the chiropractor for future ridden work. Bert found a loving loan home on HorseWorld’s rehoming scheme soon after.

Ernie attended the Bath and West Show in 2015 on HorseWorld’s stand and it was from here that he was rehomed. Whilst at his new home, Ernie began his showing career and attended many different competitions with his horse-guardian.

“Unfortunately, Ernie had to return to HorseWorld through no fault of his own” said HorseWorld’s Training Manager, Jodi Thomas. “He is now looking for a new loan home. He is a stunning pony who loves to be pampered and would make a great addition to any family.

“We have entered Ernie into the Congresbury Horse Show this Sunday (1st July) in the hope that he will catch someone’s attention who may offer him a home. The show is in Winford on Kingdown Road (not far from Bristol Airport). HorseWorld will have a stand there to raise awareness of the charity’s rehoming scheme. Each horse or pony that is rehomed on the loan scheme makes space for the next rescued horse to begin their journey to a new life.

“Ernie is a very sweet boy who is easy to care for. He has been ridden by a young child on the lead rein and has been taken out in hand on the roads without a rider. However, he is still new to ridden work so will need a small, competent rider to continue his education. Alternatively, Ernie may also do very well in harness, for people with appropriate experience to bring on a young driving pony.”

Anyone interested in rehoming a rescued horse can find out more at

Article by: Amy Williams

Posted on: 27th June 2018