A pony and its cob foal companion were put into Jenny Burbridge’s field in Brancaster by a concerned passerby on October 25. This action made her legally responsible for the two horses. Burbridge would have been required to feed, shelter and care for the horses’ basic needs except the Hillside Animal Shelter stepped in to help. Hillside said on October 28 it was able to find room for these two abandoned horses despite being at capacity.
The two four-footed companions appear in good health and show no signs of abuse or neglect. They appear to have recently been turned out on their own.
Burbridge voiced her fears that this may become a growing problem especially since the horse shelters are at capacity.
At the moment we have an over-breeding of horses. It is a big thing now as breeders are not able to sell them. World Horse Welfare and the British Horse Society are trying to stop the indiscriminate breeding of horses as people can’t afford them and we don’t know where they are going to end up.
No one knows anything about the two horses or why they are loose. No one has stepped forward to claim them. Burbridge has been asking lots of questions, but no one knows anything.
It would be nice to know if they had escaped from their previous owners or stolen or dumped.
The passerby found the two animals in a sugar beet field and put them in with Burbridge’s horse and pony.
Hillside picked up the cob foal and the pony on Saturday. Burbridge is expected to pay the tab for hay and food until the horses left.
She is surprised that the law requires her to assume responsibility for horses that are not hers and feels that some people would consider that a possible hardship.
She is immensely pleased that the horses will be well looked after.
If you enjoyed this article by Heidi Rucki, please click the link above to subscribe and get others. It’s free, informative and anonymous. Read Rucki's articles on Examiner.com.