IT hasn’t been an easy ride for Miller – but his life dramatically changed after he was adopted by Sally White.
It is hard to imagine Miller was left to eat brambles – but after some TLC he is now competing in dressage competitions and even played a part in Sally’s wedding celebrations.
It was in 2011 when the RSPCA was notified about Miller along with three other horses that were found in Birchgrove, Swansea.
Efforts were made to find an owner, and notices were left expressing concerns about their welfare. Sadly the poor horses had been left without any access to fresh food or water.
RSPCA inspector Neill Manley said: “My colleague, animal welfare officer Andrew Harris, had been monitoring the horses for a while and had no luck with finding any owner.
“The horses were left eating brambles and trees. One was lame and not improving so we ended up contacting a vet.
“As we had no owner they were taken to RSPCA Gonsal Farm Equine Welfare and Rehabilitation Centre.”
There Miller was given a new lease of life and stole the heart of employee Sally White.
Sally, who works as a groom at Gonsal decided to adopt Miller and the duo have not looked back since.
“It was three years ago when he was brought in with two other horses Marco and Mike,” she said. “He came in at the start of the year and I adopted him by April,” she said.
“He is beautiful and a lovely boy. My horse was retiring so I needed another to ride, and Miller is amazing. I got him to a healthy weight and ‘backed him’ and now he competes in dressage.”
Miller is so special to Sally that last year she made sure he was part of the biggest day of her life – her wedding.
“Horses are a big part of my life and I just wanted him involved,” she said.
“Unfortunately it rained on the day, so on a different day I had an equine photographer take some photos of me and Miller. He was such a good boy.
“Everyone loves Miller and he is a real star.
“There are so many horses in the RSPCA’s care that are just like Miller and looking for the right home. It has been the most rewarding experience to rehome such a wonderful and talented horse. We have had three amazing years together and many more to come.
“I would encourage anyone who is considering buying a horse to visit an RSPCA centre to find their perfect match just like I did.”
RSPCA equine rehoming officer for Wales Gareth Johnson said: “I was at Gonsal when these horses came to us. They were in a quite a state but we knew there was great potential.
“We earmarked Miller and Sally’s eyes lit up. Sally and I worked hard with Miller and his transformation has been fantastic.
“I am delighted that he has been given a completely new life with Sally and it is lovely to see them both together.”
To apply to adopt a horse, pony or donkey please visit www.rspca.org.uk/homesforhorses.
There will horse rehoming open days at Gonsal Farm Equine Welfare and Rehabilitation Centre, Dorrington, Shrewsbury, between Friday 3 April and Monday 6 April from 11am to 3pm each day. You can just turn up or you can book an appointment by calling 07720 948 636.
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