An injured foal who was dumped in Essex is recovering at Redwings Horse Sanctuary.
Violet, a cob thought to be around six months old, was found in Tilbury, Essex on 27 January.
The weanling was found with her mother and a young sibling, and she was suffering from an untreated wound on her left hind leg.
“It was evident that the foal’s injury needed urgent veterinary attention, so ensuring her safety and causing as little distress as possible to all three while they were being rounded up was paramount,” said Redwing’s Jo Franklin.
“Ana [Pereira, vet at House and Jackson] managed to catch the mare, and then her foals happily followed into the trailer, ready to be examined”.
An owner was identified for the three horses but agreed to relinquish ownership of Violet as her injury needed ongoing veterinary treatment, which they could not afford to provide.
“We’re very pleased that the prognosis for Violet’s recovery is good and we’re hopeful she’ll make a full recovery with no permanent damage to her leg,” added Redwings chief executive Lynn Cutress.
“Violet has received wonderful care from the team at House and Jackson and we are delighted to have welcomed her permanently into the Redwings family at our Ada Cole Visitor Centre near Harlow in Essex”.
Violet’s initial veterinary treatment has included X-rays, antibiotics and nursing.
“The rescue of this beautiful foal, her recovery and her bright future, reminds us all at Redwings exactly why we exist as a charity. But, of course, we can only exist and be there to help horses in need like Violet thanks to our fantastic supporters,” added Lynn.
“We’ve all fallen in love with Violet and we’re looking forward to seeing her enjoy a happy life with fellow youngsters at the Sanctuary — and with the hope she may be able to have a second chance at a happy family home outside Redwings through our rehoming programme”.