Rescued: February 11, 2011
Pablo was aged about 16 when he arrived at our rescue centre in 2011. His former English owners had called us distraught, as their work conditions had changed and they could no longer care for their piebald pony.
With Spain in the midst of an economic crisis, they feared they would never be able to find Pablo a suitable home.
Ordinarily, we don’t take equines simply because their owners no longer want them. We believe the best way we can help push animal welfare forward in Spain is by using our meagre resources to work with police on cases of abuse and neglect, sending a strong message that mistreatment will not be tolerated. But Pablo was a special case and we decided to take him in.
Pablo immediately found himself a best friend in Paloma, a grey gelding rescued two years earlier. These two are quite literally never apart and will remain that way for life – we will only adopt the two together, to a home where they will remain together.
In January 2016, we had a scare when Pablo developed symptoms of colic. An ultrasound soon revealed a solid lump of matter causing a blockage. Our only choice was to rush Pablo to the Alicante horse hospital, where they performed emergency surgery.
Incredibly, the bond between Pablo and Paloma is so strong that while Pablo was recovering in our stable yard, Paloma spent many hours waiting and watching at his field fence for Pablo's return, and they often called out to each other. What amazing animals – they deserve to be together forever.
This is why it's so important to keep equines with at least one friend at all times. They are herd animals and company does wonders for both their mental health and quality of life.
Pablo does suffer from springtime sweet itch, an allergic reaction to the bites of midges, so he needs to be rugged in a light cotton flysheet to help protect him. Lots of horses suffer like this here in Spain, as the flies, mosquitos and midges can be brutal, so his owners would need to be especially vigilant during the warmer months with flysheets and a special ointment called D-itch.
Pablo was ridden lightly by children in the early years at our rescue centre, but he is now quite old and would be suitable as a companion horse only. He is a very friendly pony, a pleasure to be around.
Interested in giving Pablo and Paloma their new forever home? Please visit our adoption page to begin your application.
As a non-profit foundation staffed almost entirely by volunteers, we rely on your donations to continue our work to save equines like Pablo and Paloma and to cover their ongoing feeding and care costs. Find out how you can help here.