Last February, Polly the five-year-old mare, was found extremely malnourished, alongside two other horses, all abandoned in a field near Buckinghamshire, England. The local animal workers started to call it the worst case of horse neglect that they had ever encountered.
Polly was rescued by volunteers from the World Horse Trust, and she weighed half of what a horse of her size should have weighed, at seven hundred pounds.
But then a miracle occurred. Polly survived. It was a slow improvement. Her food had to be limited so she could handle it, and she had to be isolated due to her trauma. She gained and lost weight, her vitals (temperature, heart rate, and respiration rates) were abnormal, and she had rain scald and dermatititis, minor conditions compared to the rest of her problems.
She was finally allowed to join the rest of the rescue’s herd, running free with them at the rescue.
Her treatment is far from over, but Polly has had a miraculous new beginning. She looks forward to a healthy and happy life, much better than the neglect and horrible start to life that she endured. Share away, people!