Polly begins new life after cornfield rescue
Sole survivor of trio – ‘cruelty of the worst kind’
A HORSE described as being the most emaciated mare ever seen by a horse charity has battled through to make a full recovery.
Polly is the sole survivor of three emaciated bay mares found abandoned in a large cornfield near to the M25 at Chalfont St Peter in February.
The RSPCA found all three horses in a terrible condition. One mare had collapsed and was put to sleep at the scene and the other two – Polly and Penny – were brought to The Horse Trust’s Home of Rest For Horses in Princes Risborough.
Penny’s condition continued to deteriorate and she survived for just over a week. Polly fought on and overcame issues with her temperature, pulse, respiration and weight.
A spokesperson for the trust said every time Polly gained a kilogram it was lost within days.
The spokesperson said: “It has been a long road, every day of the last six months has presented a new challenge and it truly has been a case of taking every day as it comes.”
Polly had stabilised at a near normal weight of 466kg by late July and with the efforts of the trust’s staff she was turned out with the herd for the first time on August 6.
Chief executive of the trust, Jeanette Allen, said it seemed such a long time since Polly arrived at the charity.
“Hers was a case of cruelty of the worst kind,” she said. “Her condition was so terrible that we were never totally sure if she would pull through until very recently.
“Every day Polly enjoys from now is a bonus. It won’t be the end of treatment for her, but it is the beginning of her new life.”
The Horse Trust is funded entirely by public donations. It costs the charity an average of £12 a day to look after each horse at the sanctuary. Visit www.horsetrust.org. uk.
RECOVERING: Polly at the Horse Trust’s Home of Rest For Horses in Princes Risborough where she has responded well to treatment
CRUELLY TREATED: Polly was badly emaciated when she was first taken to the home in Princes Risborough