Redwings is caring for a foal found collapsed in a pile of rubble in Essex at the beginning of December.

Barney, as he’s been named by charity staff, is thought to be around five months old, was emaciated underneath his thick coat and had pressure sores all over his body.

Jo Franklin, Redwings Senior Field Officer and Ada Cole Centre Manager, said: “Little Barney was in a very poor state when he was found, and we were worried his might not be a happy ending.

“He was lying, collapsed and upside down, in a pile of rubble, partially covered by an old mattress. An RSPCA officer and vets from House & Jackson managed to get him on to his feet and warm him up, and I transported him to their Equine Veterinary Hospital where he stayed for two weeks.

“He couldn’t stand unaided and had a significant worm burden which he was treated for.

“We’re very grateful to House & Jackson for their excellent work with him.”

The road to recovery

He was moved to Redwings on 15 December and the charity’s Welfare Veterinary Surgeon, Nicola Berryman, has been overseeing Barney’s care since then.

“Barney was able to stand up and lay down himself by the time he came to us, but he was very quiet and weak,” she said. “Clinically he was doing better, but he was a very sad, emaciated little pony.

“He had an infected wound on his left hip which needed surgery to remove the dead tissue and daily dressing changes to protect it. Barney was so skinny and the weather so cold that he had to wear a rug and without dressings the rug could have rubbed on it, so it was important the team carefully cleaned and redressed the wound daily.

“It took several weeks to heal – and an incredibly dedicated effort from the team – with the last dressing finally removed on 25 January.

“The poor boy also had very itchy legs and has been treated for mites.

“It’s wonderful to see him now – he’s bright and has a character, skipping and bucking around his stable and going out for a daily turnout on the woodchips. He’s doing so well.”

Nicola added: “This is why we all do this.”

Despite an RSPCA investigation, no owner could be identified, and Barney has been offered a forever home at the sanctuary.

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