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Hugo enjoying a hack

Hugo enjoying a hack

Well the lovely Hugo has been in his adoptive home for a year now, and what a difference a year makes! His adopters are an excellent example of how to bond with a horse or pony that has suffered neglect and/or abuse. It is always worth taking everything that little bit slower and never asking too much too soon when a horse has had a bad start. When you build up their trust though you have a such a friend for life. Here’s a few words from Hugo’s ‘parents’…..

I cant believe how quickly time has passed.  Yesterday was our first anniversary of hugo’s arrival into our lives.  Despite having the flu, pippa and i went out for a celebration hack.

Looking back on the photos he seemed small and lost. I remember those first hacks (with us on foot at first, then pip riding and us walking).  He was really wobbly after about 15 mins so pip would get off and just lead him.  I felt rather proud that a 12 year old with a new pony was prepared to get off and walk because he was tired – she never complained once about having to walk him and rest him.

I guess yesterdays hack was proof of the pudding!  He has had a few days schooling over jumps in the paddock as the weather had at last been alittle kinder and the hack yesterday meant abit of a laugh and a play!  Hugo and Jasper went out like spring lambs they jostled for front place (its taken about 6 months to get hugo to confidently walk in front), they jiggled and skitted and shook their heads with joy when we let them canter up the grassy tracks.  To see our little hugo walk out with his ears pricked and a swing in his stride was wonderful.  We have seen a real change in him. Hugo and pip are very close.  He has helped her through some terrible times at school.  It’s amazing what a comfort a horse can be, i think its their huge phsyical presence and the eyes that seem to look past your face and straight into your heart.  He has been her rock and her teddy bear, but most of all her best friend.  I’m so glad you found him and had the courage to stand up to that man and fight for hugo.

Hugo and Friends

Hugo and Friends


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It was lovely to hear from Hugo’s adoptive family today with an update how brilliantly he is coming along.

Pippa and Hugo have formed such a trusting bond and all the patience and kindness she has shown towards him are paying off.

This once agressive and neglected pony has turned into an obliging friendly little chap and he and Pippa are enjoying hacking out and jumping logs together.

We wish them both an enjoyable summer having fun!

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Hugo has a new home!

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Last Saturday we delivered Hugo to his wonderful new home in the Limousin. We would like to thank everyone that made his rescue possible and his new family for offering this very special little chap the equally special home he deserved.Watch his arrival below…..

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A frosty start again….


Brrrrr…..another freezing start and Hugo is up catching the early morning sun rising. Hugo has had one family try him out last week but after much deliberation it was agreed that maybe they were not experienced enough to take him on. We do however have another family coming to try him on Tuesday so fingers and hooves crossed it all works out well!

*Remember to be careful when turning stabled horses out onto frosty grass..it can trigger off laminitis*

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After 3 months of rehab and retraining, Hugo has come on leaps and bounds. When we first met him in October 07 he was depressed, malnourished and dehydrated. He looked as though he had given up on life although he was only 12 years old. His owners had bought him for his grandchildren to ride but the grandchildren were no longer interested and so Hugo spent the summer chained to a tree and the winter in a small barn being fed on stale bread and mouldy hay. Last winter his donkey companion died and so Hugo was facing this winter on his own, deep in manure without any light or exercise.

We were told about Hugo by a concerned neighbour. The owner would not give Hugo up, so with the help of our generous supporters we raised the 400€ required to purchase him and brought him home. Over the next few months, Hugo regained condition and enjoyed freedom with other rescue donkeys and horses. We organised visits from the farrier, vet and dentist and started to gently work with him. At the end of December, we saddled him for the first time and within a couple of weeks he was being regularly ridden out.

Hugo is now ready to be re-homed and we are looking for a permanent loving home for him. Please have a look at this video and see if you can help us find him his new family….. 

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