Skewbald colt born 2016

Sparrow profile

In March 2017 we were asked to assist Highways England and Avon & Somerset Police with the rescue of 3 ponies illegally left to graze on Highways' owned land in Avon and Somerset, abandoned to their fate by a callous owner. All 3 were found starving, riddled with parasites and 2 were heavily pregnant. 

Sparrow was only about 9 months old and was truly emaciated with a body condition score of only 0.5 out of 5. He is approx. 12 hands high yet weighed only 143 kgs. He has a very sweet nature despite this willful and cruel neglect. He has a birth defect causing him to be blind in one eye, even though he manages perfectly well as seeing with one eye is all he's ever known. The bad eye causes him no problems at present but if he pulls through from such horrific starvation, we will probably remove it to prevent possible problems with infection or pests in the future.

We must say a huge thank you to colleagues at Highways England who rescued them all and to Avon and Somerset Police for helping to find them a safe home with us. At least now, whatever happens, they are fed, warm and cared for. We must all be grateful for the change in the law in 2015 when the Control of Horses Act (England) came into being after so much work from across the horse and countryside sectors and the willingness of parliamentarians of all parties and from both houses to get this essential Act passed. 

Little Sparrow will need the most help, care and of course the most treatment and we must just cross our fingers we have got all of them in time for at least a fighting chance. We don't always have happy endings but you can trust that we will do everything we can.


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