Industrial estate stray horse now looking for a home

Pilgrim was rescued by HorseWorld in January 2016 along with a young filly called Grace. The pair were found wandering the roads by warehouses in Avonmouth, Bristol. They were picked up by B&W Equine Vets after they received a phone call from a concerned member of the public who had seen the two ponies and was very worried about their condition. The initial concern was that they had been hit by a car as Pilgrim had multiple wounds on various parts of his body. The vets held the two ponies overnight and HorseWorld picked them up the next day.

Pilgrim required medical care for his wounds which, after closer examination, it is now suspected were caused by a driving harness (for pulling a cart) and not from being hit by a car. He also has scarring on his neck which indicates he was tethered.

Now fully fit and healthy, he is looking for a home as a non-ridden companion. You can find out more about Pilgrim and other horses looking for homes on HorseWorld’s loan scheme by visiting

“Horses found running loose on the road like this are often caught by the police, vets or members of the public but have nowhere to go.” Said HorseWorld’s Fundraising Officer, Amy Williams. “With many local authorities not taking responsibility for them and the Police having many other urgent matters to deal with, the already-overstretched rescue charities are being called upon to pick up the pieces.

“We believe it should be a mandatory duty for all Local Authorities to enforce the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and Codes of Practice by employing a fully trained Animal Welfare Inspector to protect horses like Pilgrim and Grace. We are running a campaign to get this implemented. To find out more, please visit

Article by: Amy Williams

Posted on: 28th February 2020