Foal rescued from death to meet supporters at charity open day

  • A foal found barely alive will be meeting his many supporters at HorseWorld’s open day this Saturday (16 May).

    Felix was one of two four-month-old foals found abandoned on a strip of wasteland near Avonmouth on 16 January.

    The other colt sadly drowned in freezing water after falling into a drainage ditch, but Felix was taken to HorseWorld’s Bristol centre for emergency treatment.

    Felix being rescued in February

    Felix being rescued in February

    A campaign launched to fund his ongoing care alongside other abandoned horses rescued by the charity has raised over £10,000. The largest donation was £6,000 given by Animal Friends Insurance.

    Felix was put on a special foal diet on a bed of deep straw in the charity’s specialist isolation unit. He needed lifting to his feet every few hours day and night when he first arrived.

    “Many people donated to save Felix’s young life and we would like supporters to see for themselves how they have made a difference now that he is a fit and healthy young colt,” said the charity’s equine rescue manager Jerry Watkins.

    Eight-month old Felix – who has doubled his arrival weight – will be greeting members of the public at the open day alongside other rescued horses.

    There will also be a demonstration by Avon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service of how they lift a heavy animal out of a ditch using a model horse.

    Grooms will be available to talk to visitors about other rescue horses and there will be a display of welfare cases showing the challenges staff face.

    The day, which is free to attend, ends with a walking tour of the farm at Staunton Lane in Whitchurch near Bristol (just off the A37).

    The open day runs from 10am-3pm; visitors are encouraged to make donations towards HorseWorld’s on-going rescue and rehabilitation work.

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