A woman who rescued a pony today encouraged others to rehome animals.
Ann Raeburn, who took on Xantha 15 years ago, spoke out as part of World Horse Welfare’s annual Rehome a Horse Month.
Ann, of Banchory, rehomed Xantha from the charity’s Belwade Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre when she was looking for a pony to pull a carriage and the Shetland turned out to be the perfect candidate.
Due to problems with her hooves feet, Xantha needed several months of slow exercise to build up her strength – but once she reached full health there was no stopping her and the pair were soon clocking up many miles on the lanes and tracks of Aberdeenshire.
Ann encouraged others to rehome a horse. She added: “I’d say to anyone thinking about getting a horse to rehome instead of buying, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”