2009 | Bay | Part Bred Dartmoor | Under 14.2hh

It is quite unusual for us to deal with cases like this one – however – Crackers’ owner, quite understandably, did not want to sell him due to the risk of an uncertain future for him.

It was lucky that we were able to help at that time and Cracker is blessed with many happy days ahead.

Sponsoring ponies like Cracker means we can remain financially viable, able to step in when circumstances require in order to give ponies an important second chance of finding a happy home.

The story so far...

An email arrived back in April 2021, from our lead body, The National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC), which led to the arrival of Cracker.

His owner, based in Lancashire, had contacted her local equine charity HAPPA, who were unfortunately not in a position to help at the time and they in turn asked for help from other NEWC charities.

We talked to Crackers’ long-standing owner, who had suffered sudden onset health issues which prevented her from being able to care for Cracker properly. It was a devastating situation to find herself in and the Here4Horses Trustees decided that they would try and help if at all possible.

Funds were raised to help manage his early costs and Cracker duly made the trip over the Pennines.

A cheeky faced character, carrying rather too much weight, bounced down the ramp of the transporter. He could not have been more different from our usual sad, listless and bony arrivals!

Once settled, our skilled Farrier, JB, was needed to work some magic on Cracker’s feet, which have a tendency to grow very upright and with rather too much sole, which inhibits the overall health and function of his hooves.

This has taken a little while to resolve, however, Cracker is now in great shape from top to toe and ready to find his new perfect partner on our Loanie Pony Scheme.


Strutting around trying to be the centre of attention – always first at the gate to greet us.


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