A pony who was left dumped and tethered in a field with a severe infection has found the happy ending he deserves – even picking up a rosette at a prestigious show in Buckinghamshire.

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Beans, a gypsy colt, was rescued by RSPCA inspector Mel Fisher in April 2013 after a dog walker contacted the charity raising concerns about a pony on Lefarge land near the Holwell site in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Inspector Fisher said: “He had been hidden away from all the others and it took an age to find him. He was on a tether with no food or water and he had an infection on his genitals which was just dripping down his legs.

“He needed a lot of veterinary treatment, which is why we think he may have been dumped. The Royal Veterinary College provided me with a vet certificate to be able to remove him and I remember he was very lethargic and quiet. He found walking difficult as he was sore as well as weak due to the untreated infection.

“He was such a character though and was really trying his best to get to the trailer but access was tricky so the poor chap had a long walk to get to the loading site.

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“The vet fell in love with him as he was such a little softie and tried his best to co-operate whilst the vet was trying to treat him

“He was in a sorry state and it was touch and go whether he would make a recovery at all.”

Beans, who was also underweight, was taken to Hampden Veterinary Hospital, in Aylesbury. It was at the hospital where equine nursing assistant Lisa Penman fell in love with him – and after his successful treatment, permanently adopted him.

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Lisa has now started to compete with Beans, and in September took part in the rescue horse class at the Chiltern and Thames Rider Magazine Championships, at Herts County Showground, where he came second and received his first ever rosette.

Lisa, who lives in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, said: “I remember Beans arriving in a bad way. He was so quiet and easy to handle for such a young horse. While we were looking after him, one of the vets said to me that Beans would be great for my little girl Poppy – and the thought got lodged into my brain. As soon as he was well enough, I adopted him.

“He was a little nervous at first but he is an absolute star. When I backed him in in April, he didn’t put a foot wrong. He is very trusting in me.

“One of my friends told me about the rescue horse class at the Chiltern and Thames Rider Magazine Championships at Herts County Showground so we entered. Beans took it all in his stride and he excelled at it. He was great. We are so proud that he came 2nd.

“It’s awful to think what he has been through in the past but Beans has now got a home for life with me. We absolutely love him to bits and everyone who meets him falls in love with him.”

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