“One year ago, I sat with Teddy’s head in my lap wondering if each breath would be his last,” recalls Jeanette Allen, chief executive of British charity The Horse Trust.
As a beautiful young pony canters across the field, not a care in the world, it is hard to imagine that only a year ago this same pony was found close to death dumped on the side of the road.
Teddy was only eight weeks old when he was found starving and abandoned, alone, on a busy roadside in Iver, Buckinghamshire, in September 2012.
He was rescued by Thames Valley Police with help from a local Buckinghamshire Councillor and brought to The Horse Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses.
Teddy was so sick he had to be sent to the Royal Veterinary College’s equine hospital to receive intensive care just to make it through the first few weeks.
His chances of survival were slim, but his tiny, frail body hid a huge spirit and he never gave up fighting.
After months of around the clock care from The Horse Trust’s dedicated staff and help from his Shetland pony pal, 36-year-old George, Teddy slowly began to recover.
Teddy’s fight for life won the hearts of a legion of fans who followed his daily updates on Facebook. His supporters rallied, with many making the donations the charity desperately needed to provide Teddy with the round–the-clock care he so desperately needed.
Allen recalls the day she sat with Teddy’s head in her lap, close to death.
“I could not have imagined that only one year on he would have made such a miraculous recovery. I am just so grateful to everyone who helped give him a second chance, from the vets at the Royal Veterinary College to the public who donated so generously towards his care.”
Sadly, Teddy is not the only foal to have been discarded. The charity says he is just one more victim of the national horse crisis facing Britain.
Teddy’s fans are invited to celebrate his anniversary at The Home of Rest for horses on Sunday, November 3, from 2pm to 4pm. Visitor information and entry prices are available on The Horse Trust website.
The public are invited to celebrate Teddy’s anniversary by sponsoring him from just £2 a month. Sponsor receive a personalised certificate, fact sheet, Teddy photo, regular updates and a host of other benefits visit www.horsetrust.org.uk or call 01494 488464 to find our more.