A foal who made a miraculous recovery from the “brink of death” is now ready for a new home.

Hope the foal before being rescued © RSPCAHope, a dark bay thoroughbred type filly, was rescued by us in April after being found collapsed in a field in Oxford. She is thought to have been just four and a half months old when she was found.

She was extremely weak and so emaciated you could see her ribs and spine, as well as being covered in lice with an eye injury. She also had a leg injury, possibly caused by her being trodden on by another horse when she was collapsed in the field.

We didn’t think she would make it

RSPCA Inspector Kirsty Withnall said:

“If ever a horse lived up to her name, it is Hope.


“At first we thought there was no hope as she was in such a terrible way. It really looked like she was on the brink of death – we didn’t think she would make it.


“But the vet said let’s give her four hours, just to see. Just as the four hours were drawing to a close, she perked up, just a teeny little bit. So we decided to give her just four hours more.


“The same thing happened over and over again and it wasn’t until a week later that we knew for sure she was on the mend.


“It was as if little slithers of hope kept pushing her to carry on bit by bit, until she was strong again.


Now it is like looking at a different horse – she has done so well. She will always bear the scars of her difficult beginnings but that makes her all the more beautiful in my eyes.”

Hope has come on leaps and bounds

Hope the foal after rescue and rehabilitation © RSPCAHope was taken to our Southridge Animal Centre in Potter’s Bar, Hertfordshire where she’s been cared for ever since. She has now made such a good recovery she is ready for a very special new home.

Centre Manager Anna White said:

“Little Hope has come on leaps and bounds since she came to us and would make someone such a wonderful companion. She was too young to be without her mum really – but has pulled through nonetheless.


“Our specialist equine vet said she can never be a working horse because of what she has been through, but that doesn’t mean she can’t bring an awful lot of joy to whoever takes her on.


“She is not in any discomfort but has been left with an injury on her leg which stops her being able to move it normally.  She skips about – but always with a hop!


“She has come such a long way already, I really long to see her with a proper happy ending and a loving new home.”

Anyone interested in rehoming Hope should contact Southridge Animal Centre on 0300 123 0704. You can also see the other animals in our care that are available for rehoming on our pet search page.

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