A three-month-old foal who was found “close to death” has been rehomed with the veterinary nurse who helped save him.

The foal was brought into World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming centre near Blackpool earlier this year. He was just three months old.

He had been found “collapsed and close to death” said World Horse Welfare. The foal, who has since been named Frodo, was found by field officer Rachel Andrews who was visiting a group of cobs in Cheshire. The horses had been left without adequate food, water or shelter from the cold weather conditions.

Ms Andrews believes the horses were being fly-grazed in the area.

Frodo was “incredibly weak” and had a infestation of parasitic worms and was “crawling with lice” (see picture below).

Frodo when he was found

“Frodo is extremely lucky to have been removed when he was — given another 24 hours he would certainly have died,” said Suzanne Green from Oakhill Veterinary Centre whose team treated the foal.

No owner was found and so the charity, with help from the RSPCA and the police, took the foal to Penny Farm. He has since made a full recovery (see picture below) and has been taken in by veterinary nurse Katie Eva.

Penny Farm centre manager Fran Williamson added: “It’s fantastic to see Frodo up and about in just a few weeks bearing in mind he needed such intensive care from the veterinary team and our grooms.

“His strength of character is a wonderful reward for all the nights spent nursing him and the turn-around is just remarkable. We couldn’t be more delighted that one of the dedicated team who helped save his life is able to give him the safe and loving home he deserves. We are so proud of him.”

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