RES­CUE UP­DATE

Ever won­dered what hap­pens to the res­cued horses and ponies you read about in the news? Won­der no more…

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LAST SUM­MER, DANCER, a 13-yearold geld­ing, was aban­doned in a field in Hamp­shire with 14 other horses. He was strug­gling to walk after be­ing kicked by a stal­lion. Dancer was seized by po­lice and placed into the care of the RSPCA. Closer in­spec­tion re­vealed he’d ac­tu­ally suf­fered a splint frac­ture in his leg and in­fec­tion was set­ting in. What’s more, he’d tested pos­i­tive for stran­gles. Dancer was moved to one of the RSPCA’s spe­cial­ist board­ing yards for treat­ment and placed un­der iso­la­tion. Along with treat­ment for stran­gles, vets cared for his frac­ture and ad­min­is­tered an­tibi­otics for the in­fec­tion. It was a long and ex­pen­sive re­cov­ery but, thanks to do­na­tions from the pub­lic and sev­eral branches of the RSPCA, Dancer is now back to full health. After his treat­ment, Dancer was re­lo­cated to RSPCA Lock­wood for re­hom­ing. It was here that he met Lynn Ras­burn. Hail­ing from Hamp­shire, Lynn was look­ing for a com­pan­ion for her horse, 18-year-old Rico, and when she spot­ted Dancer she was smit­ten. “I knew I had to have him as soon as I laid eyes on him,” says Lynn. “I wasn’t fazed by his for­mer leg in­jury as Rico had suf­fered some­thing sim­i­lar. “Dancer has all the time in the world to set­tle in and en­joy the sum­mer with Rico. I’ll wait and see what he wants to do. If I can ride him and he’s com­fort­able with that, then great. I just adore him and he’s a plea­sure to be around, a true gen­tle­man.”

AFTER Now fully re­cov­ered, Dancer’s look­ing for­ward to the fu­ture with Lynn

BE­FORE Dancer sus­tained a n asty f rac­ture when he was kicked by an­other horse

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