Woman meets transformed ponies that she helped to save

Woman meets transformed ponies that she helped to save

World Horse Welfare Nellie and Napoleon are now in the best of health and enjoying a new lease of life thanks to the quick-thinking and generosity of supporter, Rachel Edgerton. A local farmer had found Nellie and Napoleon abandoned and wandering on a road late one winter evening and contacted Rachel for assistance. With the help of a local policeman she was able to herd the horses into a nearby field where they would be safe overnight and revisited the following morning to check on their condition in the light. Rachel was shocked by how emaciated both ponies were and quickly called World Horse Welfare’s welfare line for assistance.


World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Chris Shaw came out to assess the ponies and given their terrible condition plus the fact no owner could be identified, the decision was made to move Nellie and Napoleon to the safety of World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre near Blackpool. The farm was having a particularly busy day with their horseboxes already in use which meant no transport was available for the ponies. However, this didn’t deter Rachel who then booked and paid for a horse transporter to come and collect Nellie and Napoleon to make their way to the centre.


Chris said: “The ponies were clearly in a vulnerable situation, suffering from severe diarrhoea with Nellie showing signs of colic and both desperately in need of treatment for their worms and lice infestations, as well as appropriate feeding to help bring them back to health. Rachel’s actions were not only quick thinking and compassionate, but she absolutely went above and beyond to keep the ponies safe and give them the best possible chance of recovery. Her generosity and dedication are exceptional and I know I speak for everyone at World Horse Welfare when I say we are immensely grateful for her support.”


Six months after she helped to save Nellie and Napoleon, Rachel was invited back to Penny Farm to see how they were getting on. She said: “They look brilliant! Absolutely brilliant, I can’t believe the transformation. They were in such a terrible condition, emaciated and infested with worms and lice and now they look amazing. I’m over the moon to have this opportunity to see the ponies again and so impressed with the amazing results the team at Penny Farm have achieved. I’d urge anyone thinking about donating to World Horse Welfare to go ahead and do it because without them, Nellie, Napoleon and thousands of other horses wouldn’t have had this chance at a new lease of life and there are still many more who need their help.”

Nellie and Napoleon have both now been rehomed as companions.