Valiente when he was rescued from the small, dark stable. You can see his very overgrown hooves.

Birthday: July 5, 2011

Valiente was born in the Netherlands and is a pedigree Welsh Section A pony.


His early life is a mystery - at some point he was exported to Spain from the Netherlands – although his papers do not document this journey.


When he was rescued in October 2013 his feet were so overgrown (about 10cm) he couldn’t walk. He was a stallion and had been shut in a very small, dark  stable and starved.


The A.R.C.H Rescue staff, volunteers and amazing team of vets and farriers set to work trimming his feet – it wasn’t clear at this point whether he would walk again and whether his life could be saved. Thanks to so many dedicated people Valiente survived and began to walk again. It was at this point that his fear-based aggression became apparent. We’ll never know the emotional, physical and mental traumas that Valiente has had to live through.However, as he began to feel better and express himself, he learnt very quickly that his aggression kept people away which was exactly what he wanted.


Daily handling and giving Valiente the ongoing treatment he needed became a running battle – he was a dangerous pony with the potential to do a lot of harm to people and himself.


In October 2015 Valiente arrived here to begin the next phase of his recovery – to heal from the emotional and mental scars which were preventing him being a happy pony who could be handled safely.


He still has to be handled from behind a fence (protected contact). But he loves a good bum scratch and his favourite game is having his hooves trimmed.