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Dolly's Story

We got a call during the latter part of the winter about a horse who had been seen in a field in a very bad way. She was weak and emaciated and a passer by had become concerned for her welfare.

So they got in touch with us to see if we could help. We arrived at around midnight with our trailer and got out to assess the situation.

Over the years we have seen some pretty awful examples of human cruelty, but we were all shocked and devastated when we laid eyes on this poor little pony. She was so weak that she could no longer stand unaided. She had developed pressure sores all over her head and body where her bones had weighed on her skin as she lay. She smelled of rotten flesh. It was absolutely harrowing.

Dolly then

Dolly now

Dolly 2 (now)
Dolly 4 side BEFORE (cropped)
Dolly now1 (cropped)

Vet, Karl Holliman (BVM&S CertEP MRCVS):

"in all my years in this profession, I have never seen a horse in this condition still alive"

Dolly today

With a huge amount of TLC from everyone involved, Dolly (as she is now called) has made a remarkable recovery. Her sores are nearly healed, she has put on weight and, in spite of her cruel treatment, she is a gentle and affectionate pony with a wonderful, peaceful temperament.

We would like to say to say a huge thank you on to everyone who helped ease this pony's suffering, in particular to Cliffe Equine for their 100% support in her recovery and in restoring her to her natural beauty. These sorts of miracles really make what we do worthwhile.

The sad truth

Sadly, Dolly's story is far from unusual. Every year, during the cold winter months, horses all over the country are abandoned in fields and left to succumb to the cold and to slow starvation.

If you would like to make a donation to help us rescue and care for horses like Dolly, please click on the button below.


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