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Remarkable recovery continues for Adoption Horse Homer

By Larissa Chapman

General news

23 March 2012 12:41

World Horse Welfare Adoption Horse Homer is looking for a new home during ‘Rehome a Horse’ month after World Horse Welfare found him suffering with a horrific facial injury.

In 2003, World Horse Welfare received a call from a concerned member of the public about a horse seen in a field in Cornwall with a problem with his head.  On closer inspection, Field Officer Jeff Herrington discovered that the headcollar Homer was wearing was deeply embedded into the top of his head, across his nose, and across his cheeks, and the wound was infested with maggots.  As Homer was less than two years old and the headcollar had been left on for a long time he had continued to grow meaning the head collar had cut into his head causing serious wounds.

However, Homer responded well to treatment while at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm, and it was thought because of his interesting story and his friendly personality that he would make an ideal Adoption Horse.  He was a firm favourite with visitors and made an excellent field companion especially to new arrivals as his calm and kind manner allowed the other horses to become more settled and relaxed. 

Homer also became a star on the small screen and his story captured the hearts of the nation when his plight was shown on the BBC television programme Animal Hospital.

Jeff Herrington said: “I can still remember to this day going to collect Homer and watching as the vet cut off the head collar in small pieces.  The one saving grace for Homer was that the nose band of the head collar had actually split so he could continue to eat. 

“It is fantastic to see how much Homer has transformed over the years and how much pleasure he has given to people as one of World Horse Welfare’s Adoption Horses.  However, it was felt now is a good time for Homer to go out into a new loving home as his rehabilitation is now completed and we are confident he will go on to lead a normal happy life.”

To find out more about all of the wonderful horses and ponies we have ready for rehoming please visit our website at www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming 

Homer’s owner was successfully prosecuted by the RSPCA in 2004 and was fined £250, ordered to pay almost £2,000 in costs and was banned from keeping horses for 15 years.