A young filly found shut in a filthy trailer and unable to stand unaided, has been given a new chance in life thanks to Redwings and is now looking for a new home.

She was rescued by the charity in April 2019 when she was seized by police, along with several dogs and some poultry, from a site in Suffolk. Her owner was successfully prosecuted by the RSPCA for the suffering caused to the youngster, named Fig, and the other animals.

“It was suspected that Fig had been in the trailer she was found in since birth,” said Redwings’ Jude Palmer.

“On arrival at Redwings (pictured top), she needed help from the team to stand. She had wounds across her body, which appeared to be pressure sores from the amount of time she had spent lying down.

“Fig was extremely emaciated. She had a Body Condition Score of just 0.5 (a healthy BCS would be 3). Her feet were also very overgrown and misshapen.”

Fig was one of three horses chosen by the Redwings to attend the Rescue Village at Your Horse Live earlier this month (11-13 November).

Now back from the trip, Fig and her friends Matilda and Libby – who also attended – are available to rehome, and applications are now open on the Redwings website.

“The Fig who joined us at Your Horse Live could not have been more different from when she arrived in 2019,” said Jude. “She spent the three days in the Rescue Village at the event with her head over her stable door receiving lots of fuss from members of the public, and helping us to showcase the work of Redwings and our rehoming teams. Fig even led the Rescue Parade, and enjoyed a cuddle with equestrian star ThisEsme!”

Fig, Matilda and Libby are now looking for homes as unbacked projects – this means they received their basic handling training at Redwings and are now ready for experienced Guardians to take over the ‘reins’ and teach them to be ridden ponies.

“We hope their experiences at Your Horse Live, where they calmly took in all the sights of the event – including the main arena banners and equipment, grandstand seating and maintenance machinery – shows how wonderful they could be in their new homes,” added Jude.

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