Molly the pony has put her poor start in life behind her to shine on the showjumping and dressage circuits.
Even the loss of an eye due to her early neglect has failed to hold back the loveable British pony.
Molly was nursed back to health by the charity Blue Cross, and now has a dream home with nine-year-old Ele Sparkes.
Molly had been found abandoned with hardly any food, water or shelter, along with 40 other horses.
She was nervous, malnourished and suffering from an untreated infection which had left her eye so badly damaged it had to be removed.
Under the care of Blue Cross staff, Molly recovered well from the surgery but the young, inexperienced Welsh pony still had a long way to go.
Staff set to work on getting her used to being handled and building her trust in people slowly but surely.
When she was old enough, the team at its Burford rehoming centre began training her to be a riding pony.
It took time and patience but Molly proved to be a star and was soon ready to find a home with a rider who would adore her.
“It took us a little while to find the right family for Molly but, towards the end of last year, the Sparkes family came up to the centre and fell in love with her,” horse rehoming co-ordinator Laura Pearce said.
“Molly and Ele hit it off straight away and, although Molly has had her naughty moments in the past, she has been doing her best to keep her little rider safe.
“Molly and Ele have weekly lessons in dressage and jumping and are progressing all the time. Ele has taken Molly to Pony Club events and they recently came second in two dressage tests and got a clear round in the jumping.
“This is a fabulous result for a little pony who had such a tough start and we’re all so pleased to hear how well Molly is doing in her home.”
Blue Cross has many unwanted ponies in need of new homes. Visit its horse rehoming page.