If they are lucky, somebody spots these youngsters and we get a chance to rescue before it's too late. We find the bones of the unlucky ones: under hedges, out of sight.

Bridge Animal Rescue had an urgent call from the police about a little unwanted colt located on an industrial estate.

We don't have our own rescue centre, but what we do have are some very good contacts among amazing people who enable us to facilitate and support a rescue.

So out we went, and picked up the little fellow -really a youngster. Unlike many we've helped over the years this one had been handled quite well - but still very young to have been taken away from his mum. The vet assessed him to be a 3-4 months old foal. Skinny, yes,  but fortunately with no major health problems. Several names were suggested, and we chose Oscar for him.

We know from previous experience that little ponies can decline rapidly if they fall into the wrong hands. They're deemed to be of low (or no) value and often get handed on from pillar to post with nobody caring much about them. Fortunately for little Oscar, he has fallen on his feet.

Oscar now lives in a home where we know there are very experienced, loving and committed carers who'll give him the care he needs. We know he'll be looked after really well and brought on. He has a lot of growing to do, but he's getting used to being handled and has all the makings of a fine pony.

A lucky young foal...

Oscar's story.

Susie

Winter is what we know as 'the dumping season' for animals, particularly horses. We're always on high alert at this time of year.

Sometimes the colts - and it's usually colts - are abandoned in unsuitable isolated areas. Food and water in these places are always scarce or non-existent.

Winter is what we know as 'the dumping season' for animals, particularly horses. We're always on high alert at this time of year.

Sometimes the colts - and it's usually colts - are abandoned in unsuitable isolated areas. Food and water in these places are at best scarce and often  non-existent.

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