In January 2019 The Horse Trust was involved in one of the largest and most heart wrenching animal rescue cases ever seen in the UK. It was only just short of three years later that we were legally allowed to talk about the ponies we took in, one of them being Merlin.
Merlin was found in such a sad state, starving, in cramped filthy conditions, riddled with parasites, and yearning for the love from his owner that never came. Instead, he and our other ponies were left so emaciated and weak they were simply fighting to survive. Our veterinary specialists worked round the clock to give two-year-old Merlin and his friends the fighting chance at life they deserved.
When Merlin came in, he was such a scared young chap, and so fearful of human contact that we wondered how he would ever trust again. His coat was matted, his bones protruded, and his hooves were so overgrown he could barely walk. He was in dire need of food and veterinary treatment, yet terrified to let anyone help him. Due to the severe trauma he endured, nobody thought he would be able trust enough to allow us to provide him with the soft touch of a hand or to accept the love we so earnestly wanted him to feel, but we were determined to give him a chance.
Merlin continues to grow stronger day by day and is now a sweet, happy, and gentle soul thanks to the dedication of our team of experts. His bond with his trainers is magical and a testament to our team’s love, skill, and commitment. We hope with continued treatment and training he will be able to be rehomed in the coming years.