Friday, 05 February 2016 19:25

Foal Rescued From Freezing Ditch

A five-month-old foal has been rescued from a muddy ditch is being nursed round the clock by horse rescue charity, HorseWorld.

The young colt, known as Joey was spotted by a member of the public on Thursday 4th February who called workmen to help get him out of a deep, muddy ditch. When it became apparent that he was too cold and weak to stand, HorseWorld, the RSPCA and Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Blue Watch were called to rescue him.

“Avon Fire and Rescue Service helped us to lift Joey clear of the ditch and into our trailer” said HorseWorld’s Managing Director, Mark Owen who was at the scene of the rescue. “He was freezing cold, shivering and near hypothermic. B&W Vets met us back at HorseWorld and administered glucose and fluids. We couldn’t get him up to get him out of the trailer so had to roll him onto a rug in order to drag him into the stable where the grooms had prepared a big deep bed for him. We used heaters and hot water bottles to bring his temperature to a safe level. The grooms then kept an eye on him throughout the night. Staff from all departments including the offices came out to help warm him with heaters and hot water bottles.”

The following morning (Friday 5th February), after being lifted to his feet by the grooms, Joey was able to stand and eat on his own.

“ The fact that he’s eating is a great sign but he’s certainly not out of the woods.” said Sarah Hollister, HorseWorld’s Equine Welfare Yard Manager. “He’s mentally very shut down and still shivering despite his temperature being normal now.

“The vets have administered steroids, painkillers and antibiotics this morning. He’s painfully thin so the vets have also taken blood samples to check for underlying issues.

“Joey was found in Avonmouth, an area of Bristol where Fly-grazing (the act of grazing a horse on land without permission of the land owner) is a huge problem. It is very unlikely the owner will ever be found and brought to justice for this act of neglect. He was named Joey after the film War Horse as the conditions he was found in were like the trenches and he’s a little fighter.”

Joey’s progress can be followed on HorseWorld’s Facebook page by searching for ‘HorseWorld Trust’ and clicking ‘Like’ on the page.

Joey  is one of many horses that HorseWorld rescue from situations like this. If you would like to help towards on-going veterinary costs, feed and bedding for Joey and other rescued horses like him, a Just Giving page has been set up and can be found at

Alternatively, you can make a donation over the phone on 01275 893020 or by sending a cheque to HorseWorld, Delmar Hall, Staunton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 0QL.

Foal Rescued From Freezing Ditch

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