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Polly - rescue horse





February 2014


Welfare Case

Friends Maryland and Poppy

Polly Before

Polly before she was rescued

Polly After

Polly now

Polly was admitted to The Horse Trust as a welfare case in February 2014. She was one of three emaciated horses found abandoned and left to die in a field in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.

Polly was found desperately weak and half the healthy weight a normal horse of her size should be. She was one of the thinnest horses we had ever seen. Polly was in a very bad way and was suffering from worms, conjunctivitis, with a skin disease called rain scald, as well as weighing only 316kg.

Polly’s road to recovery was very challenging. This poor lady was so emaciated that she could not be fed with large amounts of food for fear of her dying from ‘re-feeding syndrome’. Polly had to be monitored and fed small amounts of food so that her body could cope and absorb all the nutrients, without being overloaded with calories in the fear of her body shutting down. Her lack of body fat also meant that the treatment she needed for worms could have proved fatal as well. Sadly, Polly was the only surviving member of the group.

Thankfully, Polly was nursed back to health with around the clock care and although a very steady and slow process, Polly is now unrecognisable as the stunning mare you see before you today.

Polly now lives a happy and peaceful life in the field with all her friends. She is a plucky mare with a heart of gold who loves nothing more than fuss and attention. Polly will never have to feel pain or suffering again now she is in the haven of The Horse Trust, where she will spend the rest of her days.

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