Owner puts minds at rest over pony’s welfare

Brendan Taggart and son Brendan with Freckles the horse.
Brendan Taggart and son Brendan with Freckles the horse.
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Freckles the horse has moved to the country.

The Echo reported last week that animal lover Pamela Wilson was appealing for help in tracing the owner of the pony, which she had spotted chained to a fence on land off European Way, at the rear of Pallion ambulance station.

People shouldn’t feed horses. It gets the horse into bad habits. They start to bite, because they expect to be fed every time they see a carrier bag.

Brendan Taggart, owner

Concerned for its welfare, she had been taking it water and hay.

Now owner Brendan Taggart has been in touch to reassure Pamela that Freckles is being well looked after.

Brendan bought him for his 16-month-old son, also called Brendan, and six-year-old grand-daughter Scarlett.

“I have had him for about six months,” said Brendan, of Taunton Square, Thorney Close.

“He was only there for a few days because I had brought him down to see the kids – the kids in the street were playing with him.

“It is good to teach the children how to look after a pony.”

Brendan tethered Freckles with a short chain to keep him off the footpath: “He was on a 6ft chain because the area of grass he was kept on was only 6ft wide,” he said

“He has been moved now from where he was – he is an a 10-acre field with a few mares for company.”

Brendan trains horses for a living and said that while he appreciated Pamela had been acting in Freckles’ best interests, people should not approach tethered animals and certainly should not give them food.

“People shouldn’t feed horses,” he said.

“It gets the horse into bad habits.

“They start to bite, because they expect to be fed every time they see a carrier bag.”