Abandoned foal gains legions of fans as charity charts his recovery

  • An abandoned foal being cared for by The Horse Trust has hundreds of Facebook fans following his progress as he recovers from a traumatic start in life.

    ‘Teddy’, an twelve-week-old colt foal was found starving and alone on the side of a road in Buckinghamshire on 25 October. There was no sign of his mother.

    He was emaciated and suffering from what The Horse Trust says was an “alarmingly high worm count”.

    Despite the Trust’s round-the-clock care, Teddy’s condition deteriorated and he was rushed to the intensive care unit at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC).

    Staff from The Horse Trust kept their Facebook fans up-to-date with Teddy’s progress. Happily, he is now back at the charity’s Buckinghamshire base and is well enough to spend a few minutes grazing each day with his new friend — a Shetland pony called George.

    “We don’t know what happened to Teddy,” said Jeanette Allen, chief executive of The Horse Trust.

    “But the overbreeding of low-value horses means that a greater number of colts are being abandoned and left to die.

    “Teddy may have no commercial value, but he is priceless to us and to all of the many supporters who have been wishing him well,” she added.

    Teddy’s supporters have already donated more than £2,000 but the charity needs to raise a further £18,000 to pay the foal’s bills and to care for him for the next three years.

    You can donate to Teddy’s fund by visiting www.horsetrust.org.uk

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