Nine Illegally Grazed Ponies Arrive at HorseWorld
is urging all horse owners to ensure their animals are being grazed
on suitable land after 9 animals arrived at their Welfare Yard in
Whitchurch requiring immediate attention. The ponies had all been
illegally grazed on land belonging to Wessex Water near Bath, and
legal ownership of the animals has now been passed to HorseWorld
after the owner failed to respond to a 14 day notice served by Wessex
land where the ponies were kept is unsuitable for grazing, and staff
at Wessex Water had become very concerned for the animals' welfare
following the death of two foals, either during or just after birth.
On arrival at HorseWorld, it became apparent that all of the animals
had a very significant worm burden, in addition to overgrown feet.
Several of the animals were underweight, and three have since been
confirmed as pregnant.
Two ponies with Hannah Ladd and Tony Starr
staff are now caring for the ponies, and are hoping that this episode
will not have harmed the unborn foals. Gill Banks, HorseWorld Groom
said; "They are a lovely bunch of ponies, and we're looking
forward to bringing them on. Some of them have obviously never been
handled, so we're going to have build up their trust first."
Fleming, Wessex Water's Communication Manager said; "We were
obviously concerned about the welfare of the ponies and wanted to
ensure that the right home was found. The land is totally unsuitable
for horses and we're pleased that they now have the grazing and
care they need."
that illegally graze their horses on private or common land run
the risk of having their animals removed, and the legal ownership
transferred to another body under agricultural legislation. HorseWorld
urges all owners to ensure their animals are being grazed legally
on suitable land in order to prevent this unfortunate situation