A severely malnourished pony stallion showing signs of physical abuse is now in the care
of Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales, Spain.
Rescued from the streets of Algorfa in conjunction with Almoradí police on September 21,
the pony known as Fudge is the sixth rescued by the sanctuary in five months, confirming
an alarming trend of ponies being abandoned in public places.
“When we started the centre nine years ago, we were rescuing animals that had been
locked away and left to starve,” said Easy Horse Care co-founder Sue Weeding. “Now,
they’re literally being dumped in the streets.”
The influx of ponies is putting the centre under increasing financial pressure as it looks to
provide the medical attention and care each abused equine needs.
“They all come to us needing castration and with a whole host of health problems,” said
Sue. “We pride ourselves on caring for them properly. We don’t just give them a bit of food
to keep them alive.”
The latest rescue, which has gained international attention, was found in a skeletal state,
with a massive infection in one eye and showing signs of what could well be deliberate
physical abuse. A visible scar on his neck suggests Fudge suffered a significant blow that
left two of his vertebrae broken, causing him to walk with a wobbly gait.
Donations to help cover Fudge’s rehabilitation costs are gratefully received and can be
made online: easyhorsecare.net/donate/one-off- donation.
“This old boy is about 20 years old and it's absolutely heartbreaking to think what he’s
suffered through,” said Sue. “It will be a time game for this fellow and we'll just take it one
step at a time. Whatever the outcome, we will give him anything and everything he needs,
and a whole lot of love on top.”
Miniature ponies like Fudge can live well into their thirties, so once he’s had time to grow in
strength, Fudge’s infected eye will be surgically removed and he’ll also be castrated. But in
the short time since he arrived at the centre, he’s already shown remarkable improvement.
“When we arrived to rescue him, he wouldn’t even lift his head,” explained Sue. “Now he
calls out to us and eats all day. I think he believes he’s in paradise now.”
Fudge’s rescue takes the total number of equines at the sanctuary to 108. While Sue and
her husband Rod Weeding continually work to re-home their rescues, they worry that
without other options, the number of equines in their care will only continue to grow.
“The situation is dire, because if we don’t take them, they’ll stay where they are,” said Sue.
“And how can we, as caring people, say no when there’s no one else?”
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations to fund its important
animal welfare work, including the feeding and care of the centre’s horses, ponies and
donkeys rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment.
Donations of cash or items for the centre’s network of six charity shops across the Alicante
province are gratefully welcomed. A pick-up service is available to collect large donated
items such as furniture and each shop also offers a delivery service for large items
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga,
59, opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm. Free
horse tours run throughout the afternoon and refreshments are available in the café. For
more details and directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net