Two horses which have been nursed back to health are hoping for a Christmas to remember as they seek a new loving home.
Santa and Brussel, who are being looked after at RSPCA Felledge Equine Centre in County Durham, looked to have a bleak future this time last year.
Last December, Santa was found in an isolated field in Seaham, and was alone, emaciated and starving.
He was taken into RSPCA care where he was able to rest and put on weight.
He has been looking for a home for some time, though, with the 13hh dark bay pony having progressed tremendously.
Inspector Helen Nedley, who was first on the scene to discover Santa, said: “It was a completely unsuitable environment for him.
Santa has done so well in the care of Felledge and I’m so happy that a year on, he’s looking for his forever homeInspector Helen Nedley
“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.”
Yard manager Lisa Paulin added: “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 collapsed in a field just after Christmas two years ago, and remained in hospital for two weeks receiving care.
After spending some time at a private boarding establishment for further recuperation, he arrived at Felledge at the end of April 2015, and has been waiting for his new home since.
Mrs Paulin added: “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.”
Anyone who is interested in giving the horses a home and would like to arrange a visit can contact Lisa Paulin at Felledge Equine Centre on 0300 123 0724.
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