RUPERT – COMPANION / RIDDEN PROSPECT
Date of Birth: January 2021
Medical Conditions: None Known
Foster Donation: £170
Story: Rupert was found wandering loose on a road near Cressing, Essex in April 2023, fully shod, lame on his back leg and with a thick matted coat. He was secured on a livery yard locally and enquiries made with local horse owners to see if they could find who he belonged to. No one came forward and he was brought to Essex Horse & Pony Protection Society for ongoing care. He was fully shod when he arrived and our vets predicted him to be just 2 years old – far too young to be in any kind of work requiring shoeing (bad shoeing at that).
Personality: Rupert is an incredibly friendly soul. He can be a little cheeky and likes to investigate open doorways but just adores people and doesn’t have a malicious bone in his body.
Experience: We don’t know what experiences this little chap had prior to his arrival at the Sanctuary but since then he has just been allowed to grow up in his own time. He is good to catch and lead, loves attention and will scan your pockets for treats. He loves people. He can be a bit fidgety for the farrier, this could be due to his young age taking time to process what is being asked of him or it could stem back to when he was shod. With time and patience, we are sure he will relax for the farrier in due course. Rupert prefers quieter, smaller field companions. The big playful ones within our herd tend to scare him and he can generally be found in the company of the smaller equines. When he arrived in our care, he didn’t seem to know how to interact with any horse – it took a long time for him to settle, despite only being turned out with smaller, calmer horses then.
Type of home: Rupert is seeking a home where his fosterers are happy to spend the next year or two working with him on the ground, preparing him for the day he carries a rider. We prefer our horses and ponies to wait until they are 4/5 years old before they learn to carry a rider – they still have so much growing to do at this age and we like to prevent complications later in life.
***If you would like to find out more or think you could give this cutie the home he deserves then we ask that you complete a foster application form in the first instance. More information on fostering a pony from us can be found along with a downloadable copy of the foster application at the following link:
Once completed either email a copy to [email protected] or post to EHPPS, Pitsea Hall Lane. Basildon, Essex SS16 4UH