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A rescued horse with show ring potential is looking for a five-star home after recovering from a “horrific” leg injury.

The black Arab-type 15.1hh gelding was found running loose in Berkshire in December last year. It is believed he injured his leg jumping a barbed wire fence.

He was taken in by the RSPCA, whose staff named him Prince, and given treatment for his serious wound (click here to see the wound — please note, graphic image)  at the charity’s Lockwood centre.

Initially four-year-old Prince was unsure of people, particularly the vet, but his confidence has grown following rehabilitation and he is now looking for a new home.

“It’s taken several months for us to find the sparkle deep down in Prince because of his terrible start in life, but with gentle care and patience we couldn’t be more proud of this stunning young man,” said Vix Ford, centre manager at RSPCA Lockwood.

“Although his leg has healed remarkably well, it has taken a long time to build Prince’s trust and confidence. We are now looking for a five-star home for this very special horse.

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“We are looking for someone who is prepared to give Prince all the time he needs to continue trusting people again, and someone that can manage a horse of his breeding, and temperament. However, he is a very loving, playful and special horse who comes trotting over to us in the field, and loves to be groomed and fussed. What prince doesn’t!

“We’d love to hear from anyone out there who thinks they could offer the perfect palace for this prince. Prince would be an ideal project for the right person and with his fantastic paces, he could potentially be a winner in the show ring.”

For more information and to register your interest in rehoming Prince, call the RSPCA on 0300 123 0720.