A pony found with a severe eye injury and worm burden is enjoying a new life with Redwings Horse Charity, and recently she became one of the charity’s Adoption Stars.

Piebald cob Pickle was rescued in 2022 from a site in Norfolk, after a member of the public contacted Redwings concerned about her welfare. The charity’s Senior Field Officer attended, and Pickle – who was just four or five months old at the time – was offered a home at the sanctuary so her eye could be treated.

Pickle’s injured eye when she first arrived at Redwings

Due to the severity of the injury, Redwings’ vets carried out surgery to remove her eye so it would no longer cause her pain. Pickle also required immediate treatment at the charity’s Horse Hospital for problems linked to a high worm burden.

Thanks to the work of Redwings’ vets, Pickle went on to make a full recovery and she has grown into a friendly young mare and won the hearts of teams across the Sanctuary.

Pickle just after her rescue, receiving treatment at Redwings’ Horse Hospital

Her lovable nature has seen her chosen to become the newest addition to the charity’s Adoption Scheme as an ‘Adoption Star’ – a rescued resident which supporters can sponsor to help fund their care and the work of Redwings, rescuing horses and donkeys across the UK.

Pickle recently celebrated her birthday at a special party at her base at Redwings Aylsham in North Norfolk, one of the charity’s five visitor centres.

Visitors watch Pickle eat her cake at her party

“When considering new additions for the scheme, we always look for ponies who enjoy human interaction, and will love making friends with our visitors, and Pickle was a perfect fit!” said Debbie Scott, Redwings’ Head of Fundraising.

“Her story is a fantastic example of the lifesaving work that happens across Redwings, from the welfare team and horsebox drivers who rushed to help her, and the veterinary team who worked quickly to treat her eye and nurse her back to health.

Pickle and her cake at her party

“As a charity 100% funded by donations, supporters who choose to adopt Pickle will not only love getting to know her sweet nature, but also know that in doing so they are helping Redwings to save other ponies just like her who desperately need our help.”

Supporters can sponsor Pickle from £2 per month. Her new adopters will receive an adoption pack, including a photo and certificate, as well as three postal updates throughout the year, alongside quarterly emails on her life at Redwings.

Pickle (now) with fellow rescued pony Carey

Redwings Aylsham is free to visit and is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, from 10am to 4pm.

To adopt Pickle, call 01508 505246 or visit www.redwings.org.uk

Pickle is now thriving

Images by Redwings Horse Sanctuary

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