A young horse who was found exhausted and fighting for his life on New Year’s Eve in a field in Ashford, Kent is recovering in RSPCA care.
Adie, a skewbald colt, was discovered by a dog walker alone in a crop field, collapsed and freezing.
He was barely able to lift his head and RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon rushed to the scene where she was met with a very sorry sight.
She said: “Poor Adie was just lying there in the middle of this enormous bare field. The ground around him was churned up where he'd obviously been struggling to get himself back up after collapsing to his feet, but he'd become so weak he could barely lift his head, it was very sad to see.
“He wasn’t emaciated like many of the dumped ponies we see, but he was very skinny, absolutely freezing and completely exhausted - he really was just minutes from death so he's extremely lucky the dog walker found him when they did and called us.
“While we waited for the vet to arrive we knew we had to keep Adie warm and alert, and the dog walker was extremely kind and fetched dog blankets and the boot liner from her car so we could shelter Adie from the wind.
"A local horse rider who had passed us a few minutes beforehand then appeared on foot, bringing us a horse rug from her own yard, and we used this as a sling to raise Adie to his feet. It was by no means an easy job, but between nine of us we managed to haul him up and keep him steady. The kindness of these people was very moving.
“Adie was suffering with a very severe worm burden, which was contributing to his exhaustion and once we got him to the private boarding stables, we were only really at the beginning of his road to recovery.
"It was touch and go for a while and he sadly had a few relapses in his health, but I’m delighted that now one month since his rescue, his future is much brighter.
"He's still being treated with steroids and receiving parasite treatment to clear him completely of all those worms that were making him so ill, but he’s through the worst and hopefully before long we can look to find him a loving new home.
"He’s a beautiful standard-bred horse who will be fairly tall when he’s fully grown, so he'll be the perfect riding horse for someone one day.”
Adie was microchipped and an RSPCA officer also managed to track down a passport for him, but disappointingly the details registered on both were out of date.
It’s likely that Adie was led into the field through a small footpath entrance and dumped close to the time when he was found on 31 December 2017. If anyone has any information please call the RSPCA appeal line number on 0300 123 8018.
Adie’s treatment has already cost more than £1,000 and due to his ongoing medication to get him to full health, this is likely to rise to more than double this.
If you'd like to donate to help the RSPCA provide Adie with the medication, vet visits, food and stabling to help him on the road to recovery, please visit www.rspca.org.uk/adie
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