Things are looking up for young Reggie, who was rescued from a housing estate in Bristol, England, earlier this year.
Reggie had been bought and sold several times in just a few days. He was thin and weak. His plight was reported to World Horse Welfare and a field officer investigated.
Reggie was brought to World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Somerset for urgent treatment.
“Reggie was suffering with infected feet from untreated foot abscesses,” said centre manager Claire Phillips.
“The soles of his feet were full of pus and poor Reggie was in a lot of pain.
“He had a high temperature and was very underweight. His immune system was compromised, and he was anaemic. The team of vets and grooms immediately set to helping Reggie.”
Phillips said although staff dealt with such things routinely, it was still hard for them to see a pony suffering.
“At times like this we feel helpless, as we can give medication for the pain but then we just have to wait and see how he reacts.”
Against the odds, Reggie began to improve.
“Our hope for Reggie is that one day he will be strong and healthy enough to be rehomed through our rehoming scheme where he can enjoy the loving home he deserves.
“The sad fact is that there are many more horses like Reggie at large and likely to suffer in our area and they need our help. But to help these horses, we need the public to rehome our healthy rehabilitated horses now because we urgently need to free up space and resources for new rescues especially over this winter.”
Phillips said the charity’s four British centres are currently at limited capacity, as are all horse charities nationally.
“There are many horses here at our farm that were rescued locally and now are healthy and in need of a new home,” she said.
As for Reggie, he is continuing on the road to recovery and enjoying his new mate, Storm. Visitors are welcome at the farm from 2pm to 4pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where they can meet the pair.
Donations to help the charity can be made at the farm, through the World Horse Welfare website.