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Gonsal Farm RSPCA find home for rescued horses
Thomas, Becky Theodore-Jones, Kate Jones and Pebbles
Thomas and Pebbles will be leaving Gonsal for new homes

Two ponies, which were among more than 100 rescued by the RSPCA from a farm in Buckinghamshire, face bright futures after being cared for in Shropshire.

Thomas and Pebbles have been at the charity's stables at Gonsal Farm near Condover for the past 14 months.

Horses, ponies and donkeys were seized three years ago in one of the RSPCA's biggest rescue operations.

The bodies of 32 other animals were found at Spindle Farm near Amersham three years ago.

Sent to prison

The owner of the farm, 45-year-old James Gray was sent to prison for six months, ordered to pay £400,000 costs and banned from keeping horses, ponies or donkeys for life.

He was sentenced after a trial lasting 12 weeks at Aylesbury Magistrates court ending in June 2009. He had pleaded not guilty to 12 charges of neglect and cruelty.

His son, James Gray Junior was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and was ordered to complete an 18 month supervision order and banned from keeping horses for 10 years.

His wife Julie (42) and daughters Jodie (26) and Cordelia (21) were found guilty of failing to meet the welfare needs of animals and were sentenced to 150 hours of community service and banned from keeping horses for 10 years.

Eventually we gained his trust... he's just turned out to be the loveliest horse with lots of character and a very kind nature
Becky Theodore-Jones

The rescued animals were cared for by the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare and Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

Thomas and Pebbles, who are now nearly five years old, were sent to Gonsal Farm to be rehabilitated and trained.

Trainer Becky Theodore-Jones said Thomas presented a challenge because he had not been handled as a youngster: "He wouldn't let us catch him for quite a while and also he used to bolt when we were leading him. He would just run away.

Pebbles with Harriet Trow
Gonsal Farm Animal Centre is based on a 186-acre site near Shrewsbury

"Time is essential with these horses and eventually we gained his trust. He got his trust from us and he's just turned out to be the loveliest horse with lots of character and a very kind nature."

Yard manager, Kate Jones said they saw some harrowing sights in the course of their work but gained satisfaction from seeing animals recover and go to new homes.




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