Buster’s patient wait at a busy bus stop didn’t get him a trip into town, but it certainly earned him a one-way ticket to the headquarters of British charity HorseWorld.
Buster was rescued after being abandoned at a bus stop on a bustling street not far from the centre of Bristol.
Onlookers were astonished to see him standing patiently at the stop on Monday, October 28.
The small, grey Shetland pony stallion was taken into care by the charity. He was appropriately named Buster in honour of his brief brush with Bristol public transport.
“When we arrived, the 34-inch grey pony was being tormented by children,” HorseWorld’s equine husbandry manager, Joanne Vaughan, said.
“We untied him, loaded him up and brought him back to our welfare department.
“The vet has estimated him to be about 21 years old, so he’s no spring chicken and most of his front teeth are missing.
“He’s not underweight but we have no idea when he last had a vaccination, wormer, hoof trim, dental check and the list goes on.
“He’s been tested for various diseases and has now started a program of rehabilitation that caters for all of his needs.”
Buster faces a much brighter future, but there has been one downside. He has lost his Crown jewels.
“With the number of horses the rescue charities are trying to squeeze in at the moment, we certainly don’t want to be bringing any more into the world!” Vaughan said.
Buster will remain at the charity’s welfare department until his rehabilitation is complete.
When he is ready, HorseWorld staff hope to rehome him to a loving home as part of its loan scheme.
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