An equine Christmas miracle: But how did Banjo stay “invisible” for so long?

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Banjo in the care of World Horse Welfare.
Banjo in the care of World Horse Welfare.

A young pony colt found abandoned in South London in April has made an amazing recovery, just in time to headline a Christmas appeal for an equine charity.

Youngster Banjo was found next to a busy park in Croydon, South London in April 2016 with painful wounds covering his quarters and the top of his back legs.

World Horse Welfare Field Officer Nick White found Banjo when visiting the area with an RSPCA Inspector.

“When I first saw Banjo, he was a very frightened little pony and was hiding behind a very deep ditch from the other horses in the field where he had been abandoned.

Banjo where he was found in April, next to a busy park in Croydon, South London.
Banjo where he was found in April, next to a busy park in Croydon, South London.

“He was standing in the corner, right next to a very popular London park and must have been seen by hundreds of people, but no one had taken the time to notice his terrible condition or made any effort to report him to a welfare charity. He truly was an invisible horse,” White said.

Banjo’s injuries were so severe that he was unwilling to walk or move at all.

One of Banjo's wounds.
One of Banjo’s wounds: “It is impossible to explain how he could have ended up with these terrible injuries and he must have been in a lot of pain.”

“His left hind leg was swollen, his flanks were red raw, sore, bleeding and showing signs of infection. There was barely enough for him to eat in the small section of the field where he stood and he was certainly unable to walk to where water was available.

“Banjo had no microchip and despite making enquiries in the local area, no owner could be found. A veterinary surgeon pronounced him to be suffering so thankfully we could remove him to the safety of World Horse Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre where he could receive the care he so desperately needed,” White said.

Once he arrived at Hall Farm, Banjo’s wounds were thoroughly cleaned and examined by the team and vet, Andy Williamson.

“One of Banjo’s wounds was so deep that it had exposed the muscle tissue and certainly wasn’t the normal presentation of pressure sores which we often see,” Williamson said.

“It is impossible to explain how he could have ended up with these terrible injuries and he must have been in a lot of pain.”

Banjo on the way to recovery.
Banjo on the way to recovery, with Nick White, in September.

Banjo received laser treatment which stimulates the blood flow and helped the skin to heal over the damaged areas. Six months later, he has made a fantastic recovery and has found a loving new home on World Horse Welfare’s Rehoming Scheme.

Banjo has made a full recovery.
Banjo has made a full recovery and is now in World Horse Welfare’s rehoming scheme.

White says looking at Banjo now, he is amazed at his recovery.

“I never thought that I would see this pony in such good condition with his wounds healed so well. This is truly what World Horse Welfare is all about. Banjo is a happy, healthy, bright little pony with a sweet nature and his whole life ahead of him. Even though he has been rehomed, he remains in the ownership of World Horse Welfare for the rest of his life so we can guarantee that he never has to go through this suffering again.”

World Horse Welfare has named 2016 the year to highlight the world’s invisible horses who often suffer in silence as people either cannot or choose not to see them. From the horses left in barns and stables for weeks on end, to those working many hours every day on the streets of Choluteca in Honduras or Cape Town in South Africa who go unnoticed by governments and policymakers, to the horses transported long distances across borders to uncertain futures and those who sadly are sometimes found too late.

Support World Horse Welfare’s Christmas Gift Appeal and help buy vital supplies to help transform the lives of horses just like Banjo.

One thought on “An equine Christmas miracle: But how did Banjo stay “invisible” for so long?

  • December 20, 2016 at 10:20 am
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    Banjo was so very lucky to be cared for. He looks wonderful and happy to hear he has found a forever home. Bless you all for helping this lovely fellow.

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