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December 2023


Welfare Case

Best friend Walter!

Freddo Before

Freddo After

Freddo is one of nine equines who was rescued from a small family business run as a community interest company hosting pony parties and claiming to provide equine-assisted therapy sessions for vulnerable people.

When he was rescued, Freddo was in a very sorry state, covered in lice and underweight. Upon examination, his blood tests revealed chronic inflammation due to a heavy worm burden. It was clear that Freddo had not been tested for worms for a significant amount of time, which allowed the worms to multiply. Freddo was treated successfully for worms by the Mare & Foal Sanctuary, one of our partnering National Equine Welfare Council (NEWC) charities, and more blood was taken to ensure that the inflammation was reducing.

He was also given the routine care that he’d been missing, including seeing a farrier to trim his feet and having an appointment with the Equine Dental Technician (EDT). Freddo is extremely affectionate and enjoys scratches from his grooms or anyone who passes by. He very much enjoys coming onto the yard for his training sessions and routine care, and simply just being involved.

Lucy from our Knowledge and Skills team says: “Freddo is a friendly chap who gets along very well with his friends. He’s one of the tallest Shetlands, and definitely has the biggest of hearts!”

We’re so glad we can give Freddo a forever home in the safe haven of our sanctuary, and we will ensure that he never endures suffering like he once did.

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