Bronte is a 16.1hh bay mare who is thought to be around 25-28 years old.
She is a lovely gentle giant who has been passed from place to place, through horse dealers, to private homes and to used in riding schools and in the last two years has had at least four homes. When her most recent owners found she had began to stumble and fall they no longer felt safe riding her and were advised by their vet and yard owner that as she was no use she would be better being shot! We felt that a horse like her who had worked hard all her life deserved a retirement home and a bit of peace and rest even if it just be for a year or so longer, we couldn’t stand by and see her killed so we agreed to take her in at Hope Pastures.
When she arrived she had a nasty infected gash on her chest where she had taken a fall in the field, and was suffering from severe mud fever which was very sore and bleeding. Bronte also was very stiff on her joints as she is such a big girl and this and her age has taken its toll on her. When she had settled in for 24 hours we began the task of treating her mud fever- this involved spending up to two hours per morning washing her legs with medicated shampoo, removing any loose scabs, drying her legs thoroughly with a towel and leaving her to stand until they were totally dry. Then we had to apply Aloe Vera creams and mud barrier to prevent ant particles of mud or grit entering the wounds. Although she tried her best to stand still this was obviously very sore and uncomfortable and it was awful that we couldn’t explain to her that we were trying to help! Over the following weeks She gradually became less stiff on her legs as we started her on a course of joint supplements, her chest wound healed very nicely and left no scar, and her mud fever is completely healed too.
She is altogether a different horse and now shares her field with all the larger residents here at Hope Pastures.
Bronte came back to Hope Pastures site last autumn after being fostered & cared for on a farm for a year.
She settled in well and has made great friends with Paddy and Zak, both of whom adore her.