South Wales animal charity battle to save newborn foal

By: Horse Deals


South Wales animal charity battle to save newborn foal
South Wales animal charity battle to save newborn foal
A foal, born just days ago, is fighting for survival after he was found abandoned on a hillside near Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales. The little colt - who was discovered by a family living nearby - is now being cared for by Lluest Horse and Pony Trust in Carmarthenshire.

The tiny foal, was discovered alone and scared on a hillside over the bank holiday weekend. An extensive search was launched to try and locate his mother - but sadly she couldn't be found. It's thought she may have been part of an abandoned herd who'd been grazing in the area. With time running out for the abandoned foal, the fragile newborn was quickly transported in the back of a pick up truck to Lluest Horse and Pony Trust, near Llangadog, where he could receive the love and attention he desperately needs to stay alive. On arrival at the Trust he was quickly settled into a stable and is now being given bottle feeds every two hours to ensure he can build up the strength he needs to develop into a health pony.

Staff at the Trust have already fallen in love with the little brown foal - who they've named "Oliver" after the orphan in the Charles Dickens novel. "We are currently full up with other needy horses and ponies but when Oliver came to us we sprang into action to keep him alive," says Trust manager Emma Kurrels, "We've managed to get him standing up and feeding from a bottle but newborns can be so fragile, we're taking it hour by hour at the moment."

Sadly, in this tough economic climate, Oliver's story is becoming more and more common as many owners struggle to properly care for their animals, as Emma Kurrels explains "Oliver is just one of many equines being abandoned at the moment. Over breeding by irresponsible owners and the economic climate means there's currently no market for these ponies - making them worthless to unscrupulous dealers. We already have another foal here at the farm who'd been abandoned in Carmarthenshire and unfortunately, I think we're going to see more and more animals suffer the same fate."

If you'd like to help Lluest Horse and Pony Trust in their work to help please contact Emma on 01550 740661 or go to their website www.lluesthorseandponytrust.co.uk