Re-homed May 2013
Grace is amongst one of the worst cases of neglect we have ever seen here at Hope Pastures. She was left in a field with her friend, Bella and their two foal , a stallion and a 2 year old colt to starve in freezing conditions.
Their owner had been taken into hospital for months and provisions for the horses care was not properly put in place, and it wasn’t until a local animal lover learned about this that we were called to help as a matter of urgency.
Already one pony had been put to sleep as he was too thin and suffering from infection to survive. It is believed that he had tried to jump out and find food and water and injured himself, this went septic and he was eventually too weak to carry on and resembled a skeleton.
When we and the RSPCA looked at the remaining horses we found the two mares, Grace and Bella, to be emaciated and suffering from severe Rain Scald along their backs where they had been exposed to the elements without shelter.
At this point there was severe weather and deep snow on the ground, making the rescue even more difficult. As Grace was so quiet we were able to lead her to a road to load her into a trailer and bring her to HP for immediate Vet exam and treatment.
Bella however was extremely nervous, difficult to catch and unsafe to lead so regrettably we had to leave her until the weather improved, however we did go regularly to provide her with feed and water, as well as feed the remaining foals and stallion. You can read Bella’s story on the ‘Gone but not forgotten’ page.
Grace took months to gain condition and even longer for her skin to fully heal, because it was so badly infected. She needed regular medicated baths and the scabs removing daily, as well as lots of extra food supplements for skin healing.
Grace was always a calm and gentle pony and a pleasure to care for. When her friend Bella eventually died of Ragwort poisoning we were really concerned that Grace had suffered damage too so she went to the horse hospital for a Liver Biopsy. Although this showed some damage, Graces age was on her side and she made a full recovery.
Grace was in a good home for 2 years when she came back to us due to her behavioural problems, because she had become difficult to handle when in season. Her loan owners were heartbroken to see her go but another lovely home came along with just one other mare as company, this was perfect as it calmed Graces hormones down not having male horses around. She moved there in 2013 and is very happy and settled with her best friend, Jasmine, where they regularly get ridden out together.
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