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Pony Club helps find new homes for rescued ponies
The Pony Club says that its members are often a perfect fit for rescued ponies that need suitably knowledgeable homes.

Members have the required handling and riding experience

The Pony Club has pledged its support to help find new homes for a group of unowned, semi-feral ponies rescued from Bodmin Moor.

Last September, Redwings Horse Sanctuary led a multi-agency operation to round up, health check and microchip as many ponies from the Moor as possible.

Ponies that were unclaimed by any owners were removed using the Control of Horses Act 2015 and taken in by Blue Cross, Redwings and other charities for rehabilitation and many are now ready for rehoming.

The Pony Club says that its members are often a perfect fit for rescued ponies that need suitably knowledgeable homes, so the organisation is actively supporting the appeal via social media.

“Over the years Blue Cross has had some great rehoming successes through The Pony Club because their members tend to have the handling and riding experience some of our rescued ponies need,” commented Tess Scott-Adams, rehoming centre manager at Blue Cross Rolleston.

“Many Blue Cross ponies have gone on to become highly sought after competition ponies thanks to their Pony Club homes and we are hoping that some of our lovely Bodmin ponies will follow in their footsteps”.

Pony Club chairman, Mary Tuckett, added: “The Pony Club is delighted to be backing Blue Cross in their appeal to find homes for the ponies rescued from Bodmin Moor.

“The work of the Blue Cross is truly remarkable, and we have seen numerous horses and ponies re-homed with Pony Club families throughout the years; a number of which have gone on to compete at Championship level.

“We hope we have helped improve the lives of these horses and ponies, and others in the future by advertising them on the classified section of our website.”

Image (C) Blue Cross.

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Art installation uses 15,000 discarded plastic bottles

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 London Zoo has unveiled a new art installation made from 15,000 discarded single-use plastic bottles, all of which were collected from London and its waterways. The installation, dubbed the Space of Waste, is 16ft tall and was created by the artist and architect Nick Wood. It houses information about plastic pollution and the small steps that everyone can take to tackle the issue.

Mr Wood commented: “Building this piece with ZSL was a satisfying challenge, as plastic bottles are not usually seen as a building material – recycling them into this structure, which will remain at ZSL London Zoo all summer, was a great way to turn the culprits themselves into a stark visual reminder of the worsening plastic problem in our city.” Image © David Parry/PAWIRE/ZSL 

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