Noel the foal is all grown up and has a new family for Christmas

Noel with Gemma Haynes from World Horse Welfare Noel with Gemma Haynes from World Horse Welfare

Andrew Fitchett
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
7:02 AM

From a foal to a fledgling, Noel has only ever known life in the caring hands of the World Horse Welfare Officers in Snetterton.

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Noel from Snetterton World Horse Welfare has a new home. He is pictured as a foal in 2011.Noel from Snetterton World Horse Welfare has a new home. He is pictured as a foal in 2011.

But on Thursday, the charity’s staff will be waving an emotional goodbye to the three-year-old after he was taken on by a new family.

Noel will spend his first Christmas away from Hall Farm with the family of Annabelle Gage, from Norfolk, who had an instant connection with him.

“I first found Noel on World Horse Welfare’s website after hearing really good things about its Rehoming Scheme and so decided to visit the charity’s nearest Rescue and Rehoming Centre, which is close to where I keep my two horses anyway.

“When I got to the farm I spotted Noel in the field and as my mother, eight-month-old daughter and I went up to him he was so friendly - and when we left he called out to us so we just had to have him,” she said.

World Horse Welfare Kathy Dunn, who manages the rehoming applications, said: “Noel loves attention so he lapped it up when he first met his rehomer Annabelle; he was bounding around with his ears full forward. Noel is due to be in his new home just before Christmas as a youngster that can be brought on.”

Noel wasn’t much more than a twinkle in his mother’s Thelma’s eye when she came into Hall Farm back in December 2010 after a call to the charity’s welfare line.

Thelma had been abandoned in a field of lush, poorly fenced pasture without any water, along with another pony.

The pair had been routinely escaping in search of water and found both to be grossly overweight with overgrown feet and suffering from suspected laminitis.

When the pair arrived at Hall Farm the staff at World Horse Welfare quickly realised that Thelma was due to give birth very soon, with friend Louise due a little later.

She produced a healthy child, and Noel the foal became the latest addition to the charity’s stable.

World Horse Welfare will retain ownership of Noel, although it is hoped he will stay with his new family indefinitely.

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