A pregnant mare has been taken in by World Horse Welfare, after she was found to be seriously neglected.
Xena, a Percheron x Thoroughbred, was found on a site in 2017 with 10 other horses, who were also neglected and unhandled.
The owner admitted neglect and acknowledged that they were unable to care for the horses.
In partnership with a number of welfare organisations, the horses were rounded up and transported to safety.
Despite being unhandled before she arrived at the centre, Xena can now be caught in the field and is safe to lead, and she's happy to have her feet picked out, which is a significant step forward considering all the horses in this case had not seen a farrier for some time.
Groom, Amy Gedge, said: “Xena is a friendly, kind-natured horse who loves people. You wouldn’t think she was feral not so long ago. She's definitely top of the pecking order in her group of friends and she's not afraid to let them know it!
“Xena is a gentle giant who tries her hardest when asked to do anything new and we hope her foal will be as lovely as she is.”
Xena's rehabilitation at World Horse Welfare is also being supported by animal nutrition company, Alltech.
Alltech’s UK Marketing Manager, Isla Baker-Browne said: “Alltech’s continued support of World Horse Welfare reflects our passion for supporting the health and wellbeing of all horses.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer assistance to Xena, while helping to raise awareness of the fantastic work done by World Horse Welfare and we eagerly await the birth of her foal. We look forward to following their progress.”
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