BORN: 28 February 2019

BREED: Mini pony

HEIGHT: 8.2hh

GENDER: Gelding

COLOUR: Buckskin – but still changing

ARRIVED: March 2019 – purchased from a ‘dogger’ sale

STRESS RESPONSE: Fight – this little man knows how to stand his ground

PAIR BOND: Shares the love – he’s besties with Trixie, Phoenix and his mum, Lucy

LIKES: Scratches (particularly bottom scratches), naps in the sun and rolling in the mud

DISLIKES: Injections and being rushed


Rocket got his name from the amount of time he spent zooming around when he was a foal. He still has this speciality, but now enjoys spending his energy alongside the playful Phoenix. Day by day his explorative nature is becoming more outgoing and trusting – but don’t be fooled by his cute face, as he’s always had a cheeky side, never shy from a nip of the mouth.


Rocket was less than a week old when he arrived with his mum, Lucy. His first few days were far from ideal. Born unexpectedly while his mum was literally on the way to the dog food factory, little Rocket saved her life – they were worth more to the dogger through the Gympie sale yards than from the factory.

One of our Volunteers spotted them in the sale – both very distressed. Rocket was tiny, about the size of a Border Collie, laying cold and shivering in urine and manure on the concrete floor of their pen at the sales. It was a horrible sight and we knew we had to do everything we could to get them out of there and to the sanctuary as soon as we could.

Health Issues

Multiple health issues and vet visits kept us super busy for the first few weeks he was with us but by the end of March he was happy, healthy and an absolute joy to be around. Originally called Harry, his name was soon changed due to the constant zoomies he did at record speed as soon as he was well. Rocket by nature, Rocket by name!

Rocket had some severe stifle lock issues for his first few years and had several procedures to try to help him. With the relief not lasting very long each time, he underwent a full medial patella ligament desmotomy in 2022 and has never looked back.