Charley Marley

2010 | Piebald | Gypsy Cob | Under 13.2hh

There can be times when life becomes overwhelming for some people and things start to go wrong. A downward spiral can develop – and once out of control, if animals are kept, their needs can be neglected as a result.

This is a far cry from the dreadful abandonment and abject cruelty we saw at the height of the horse crisis. However, we want to be able to step in and protect horses and ponies, no matter what the circumstances.

Your £3.00 per month means we can do just that. Please sponsor cheeky Charley if you can.

The story so far...

Charley and his two pals were brought to our attention by a concerned member of the public. The field conditions were very poor indeed with no clean or dry place for the horses to stand or lie down.

Forage had been made available but a Farrier had not visited for a long time and one of the horses was very lame indeed due to neglected feet. Action was clearly needed to prevent further suffering. We made enquiries to identify the owner, who it turned out had developed considerable health issues.

As a result, she had been unable to provide the horses with an adequate level of care, over a long period. Importantly, she recognised she needed help – but the decision to sign them over to us was undoubtedly a very painful and upsetting one to make.

Arrangements were made for all to be collected – two came to us and one to the RSPCA. Charley was fortunately in fairly good condition and following health checks and a settling in period he began work in-hand.  In no time at all he was ready to return to ridden work – he just loved the additional attention this brought.

A bright and happy chap, he then caught the eye of one of our supporters who was looking for a pony for her sons.  Introductions were made and following successful visits, Charley made a short trip south on our Loanie Pony Scheme.

We are very happy to report that he has taken to his new home like a duck to water – or maybe a hippo to mud… as wallowing seems to be a favourite pastime!


Poking his nose into places where food might be lurking, rolling in mud and humans who know which itch to scratch.


Cows – even the black and white ones!

Sponsor Charley Marley

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