A pony that was found underweight and terrified of human contact has made a remarkable recovery.
The chestnut mare, who goes by the name of April, was battling for survival when she was taken in by the Blue Cross in 2015 as a pitifully underweight yearling.
With a body condition score of just 1.5 on the 0 to 5 scale, April was a tragic sight. She was also infested with lice and worms.
Now, three years on she has a spring in her step and is ready to find a new home where she has the potential to become a much-loved riding pony.
Marie Kavanagh, Horse Rehoming Coordinator at Blue Cross Rolleston says: "We had to win her confidence and train her to be caught and handled before we could treat her.
“Her condition was so poor that had she not come to us when she did, it’s unlikely she would have survived much longer in the circumstances in which she was found.
"She is a calm, clever pony and shows every promise of becoming a super riding pony.”
April is one of several ponies at the Blue Cross centre in Rolleston, Staffordshire currently looking for homes.
To find out more about the pets needing a home, or to make a donation towards their care, visit www.bluecross.org.uk
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