Horse feed manufacturer Spillers is sponsoring an orphaned foal in the care of Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norfolk.

The bay colt, named Ben after a firefighter involved in his rescue, was saved in Essex in May this year when his dam became stuck in a ditch shortly after she had given birth to him.

Three fire crews and a vet attended the scene but were unable to save the mare, who had become trapped in deep water following a difficult birth.

No owner could be located for the mare and her now orphaned foal, so Redwings Horse Sanctuary stepped in to help.

He was given round the clock care and now at five months old he’s a healthy, strapping lad.

Spillers will provide ongoing nutrition advice and all the feed that Ben needs while he’s at Redwings.

Rachel Austin, of Spillers, said: “Ben is a very special example of Redwings’ many success stories and we are so proud to be able to help him in this way.

“I met him for the first time back in the summer, when he was just two months old, and can confirm that he is every bit as cute and irresistible as he looks!”

And Nicola Markwell of Redwings, said: “Orphaned foals like Ben take a lot of work and we want to make sure he gets the best possible start in life after everything he has been through.

“We are so grateful to Spillers for its fantastic support, which will be a great help as we continue with the care of this lovely boy!”