Could you make Santa and Brussel’s Christmas wish come true?

Could you make Santa and Brussel’s Christmas wish come true?

At the top of ponies Santa and Brussel’s list this year is a new home - could you make these ponies’ wishes come true this Christmas? Currently at RSPCA Felledge Equine Centre, Santa and Brussel are hopeful for new homes in time for Christmas. But this time last year was a very different story for them both.


Poor Santa was found in a field in December last year (2/12/14) - he was alone, emaciated, and starving. Inspector Helen Nedley who was first on the scene to the isolated field in Seaham, County Durham said: “Little Santa had been left alone to stray, but when I managed to find him on that very cold, very dark evening, he was in an allotment. I soon discovered he was very lean with no access to food and standing on muddy ground. It was a completely unsuitable environment for him.


“He was so thin that his hips, ribs and spine could easily be seen, and he had no access to grazing, food or water. He looked so sad. Fortunately once police seized him, his owner signed him over to our care. He was so good to handle, such a quiet pony. He’s done so well in the care of Felledge and I’m so happy that a year on, he’s looking for his forever home.”


Santa was taken into RSPCA care where a warm, cosy stable awaited him and he was able to rest. Over the next few weeks he began to put on weight, and his character began to shine through. Santa has been looking for his forever home at RSPCA Felledge Equine Centre in County Durham for some time, and the 13hh dark bay pony has come on leaps and bounds.


Yard Manager Lisa Paulin says: “Santa is such a sweet little pony. We have just started bringing him into work with some in-hand exercise, and he’s been such a good boy, it looks like he’s going to be very straightforward to bring on. He’s three years old now but will make a super little riding pony in the future and would enjoy the experience of Pony Club.”



Two-year old piebald pony Brussel is also hoping for a Christmas miracle. Brussel was found in a field just after Christmas 2013, collapsed. He remained in hospital for two weeks receiving care, and after spending some time at a private boarding establishment for further recuperation, he arrived at Felledge at the end of April 2015. He has been waiting for his new home ever since.


Lisa said: “Brussel is good with other horses in the field, and he really loves to be handled. We think he will grow to about 14hh and he is looking for an experienced home with someone who has the knowledge to bring him on into work when he is old enough. He could be fostered or adopted at this stage; we would just like to see him in a loving home as soon as possible.”


For more information about Santa and Brussel, or if anybody who is interested in giving them a home would like to arrange a visit, please contact Lisa Paulin at Felledge Equine Centre on 0300 123 0724.