Rescued Riding School Horses Safe at Last

Only a few months after being rescued and rehomed by Remus Horse Sanctuary, the previously evicted ponies from Brook Farm Riding School have settled in and “act like they have always been with us,” says Charity Founder Sue Burton.

This came at a time when Remus themselves were financially crippled, the situation only to be made worse by the oncoming of winter. Remus will be providing lifetime care for Candy, Coco, Scotty and Minty and are asking for donations and sponsorship towards the upkeep of the four animals.

All four are now in their later years and each arrived back in September with their own problems and health issues; Coco and Candy are both in their late 30’s, and Coco has severe liver issues and awaiting a liver biopsy. Minty has COPD (breathing problems) and Scotty has PPID (endocrine disorder) and is now on medication to help him. Pat Steinbacka, the owner of the Riding School is now volunteering at Remus.

Many local youngsters learnt to ride on these ponies and there was very much a community spirit at the Riding School. Following the financial collapse of Brook Farm Riding School, all 12 elderly horses were re-homed and are now safe. Sue Burton, Founder of Remus Horse Sanctuary successfully managed the entire rehoming and relocation process and Remus paid all associated costs as well as providing homes for four of the ponies.

The Riding School owner contacted Sue Burton last year for help. Due to financial reasons, the bailiffs had moved in and evicted the owner and the horses. The horses were living in fields behind the riding school and needed homes urgently. Four of the animals had already been found homes and Remus arranged to take four and moved the remaining eight to another sanctuary in Norfolk.

Sue Burton says, “They are great ponies and really settled. The two boys go out together and the two girls together. The girls are quite old and delicate and we don’t want them getting hurt. The boys are full of themselves and full of mischief. The girls more sedate but devoted to each other.”

For further information and to make a donation via PayPal or JustGiving or to sponsor one of the four ponies, please visit or contact Sue Burton on tel: 01277 356191.

If you would like to sponsor Coco, Candy, Minty or Scotty to help with their ongoing care and wellbeing, then you can do so via our sponsorship programme. Remember that we also offer a standing order option of just £2 a month!

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