May 24, 2024 | Animal Stories

Buggy’s tale

Buggy’s tale

Some of you may remember the shocking story of Buggy, a young foal who was found in 2016. The little piebald cob was almost too weak to stand, with maggots eating through extensive wounds which had been left untreated on his back.

He underwent urgent veterinary treatment straight away before finally being well enough to be transported to our member World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Lancashire where he began his rehabilitation. Following his incredible recovery Buggy remarkably went on to win the Rescue Pony Champion title at Equifest in 2017.

But what has become of Buggy since his competition success? Well, it wasn’t long before he was rehomed by Linda in December 2017 as a companion for her horse – the scarring on his skin meant he was not suitable to be ridden. Buggy is now a fully grown eight-year-old and has gone from strength to strength, with his cheeky personality really shining through.

Recently, Buggy has started long-reining, with a view to training him to harness, as the tack required does not affect any of his scarred areas. He’s taken to it like a real professional, thoroughly enjoying being out and about and is proving to be a very brave pony. We all look forward to hearing how he gets on in the future.

Buggy is just one of the many animals your generous gifts help care for when they are faced with unimaginable stress and suffering. Thank you for giving them the future they deserve.