In January 2011, staff at equine rescue centre, HorseWorld, worked around the clock to save the life of a young cob who arrived at the charity’s welfare department weighing just a third of his ideal body weight. Now, four years later, he is fully recovered, fully grown and has finally found a family and a home to call his own.
HorseWorld Groom, Kayleigh Macleod, helped to give Buddy the care and medication he needed when he was so emaciated and ill. “He looked ready to die and was so weak that his head had to be supported by grooms. It took a drip and six blood transfusions to give Buddy the strength to support his own weight. He had to be lifted to his feet every two hours day and night for the first two weeks.
“If he laid down, he was unable to get himself back up again and became distressed that he couldn’t get to his food. He couldn’t be left laying down for too long. In his efforts to get up, he would rub sores on his shoulders, hips and head where his bones protruded through his fragile skin. Buddy’s bed had to be very deep while we were lifting him.”
On arrival at HorseWorld Buddy weighed just 108kg. He should have weighed around 280-300kg. He was suffering from severe diarrhoea that was full of redworm.
Now, four years on, Buddy is fighting fit and giving no clues to his traumatic start in life. HorseWorld’s team of specialist trainers worked with the young pony to train him to be ridden so he could find a new home on the charity’s loan scheme where he will receive all the love and one-to-one attention he deserves.
Buddy’s new loaner, Harriet Champion, said, “I’m so excited to give Buddy a new home. He will be ridden by my 2 nephews and niece, they can all grow up together and learn together as a team. I’m looking forward to being able to give all the team at HorseWorld updates on how he’s doing after the bad start in life he had.”
Buddy’s medical care cost over £2,600 in the first three weeks alone. Vet fees and feed costs continued to accumulate throughout his rehabilitation. Manager, Jerry Watkins, commented “This is one of the worst cases of neglect HorseWorld has seen in a long time, the fact that Buddy kept fighting was enough inspiration for us to fight just as hard to save his young life. Now, seeing him start his new life as a riding pony with a family that love him makes it all worthwhile.
“Buddy is now fully recovered but is one of many rescue cases that HorseWorld helps. The winter is our busiest time – the cold weather and lack of grazing means that horses that are abandoned or neglected become emaciated and ill very quickly. We rely completely on the generous support of the public to be able to rescue these animals.”
To help other horses like Buddy please visit HorseWorld Trust’s website or call 01275 893020
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