A mare and foal have been rescued in Norfolk after being found in a field needing “urgent” veterinary attention.

Redwings was called to a field near Haddiscoe on Monday (11 January).

Senior field officer Julie Harding, Redwings’ vet Nic de Brauwere and RSPCA Inspector Ben Kirby, found a piebald cob mare with a foal at foot that needed immediate veterinary care.

Both horses were removed from the field and taken to Redwings.

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“It was essential that the foal was taken to a safe environment for treatment,” said Julie.

“We couldn’t have done this without nearby welfare charity Horse Rescue Fund who we called upon for help in transporting the horses to our Reception Centre

“They helped us load the two relatively unhandled horses, drove them to our centre and even stayed to assist our vets in setting up the treatment for the horses. Their help with this urgent case was invaluable and we cannot thank them enough”.

Nic and vet Nicola Berryman provided care to the mare and foal through the night. It is not yet clear whether the foal will survive.

haddiscoe foal“We’re very concerned about this young foal and diagnosis for his current condition is underway,” said Nic.

Investigations into the rescue are ongoing.

This case comes just months after a similar mare and foal rescue by Redwings late last year.

In October 2015, the charity rescued a mare with a six-week-old foal at foot found on farmland near Harleston.

The pair — named Star and Rocket by Redwings — were both extremely thin. Star was in such a severe state of neglect that she sadly died less than two weeks after her rescue.