We deal with a great number of ‘ferals’ – horses and ponies who have become a handful for their owners because of behaviour issues or past trauma.
Stanley’s owner could no longer handle him and said he had become difficult to handle.
We stepped in because his feet were becoming overgrown and very painful with laminitis, a condition which affects the hoof, and his skin was also covered in bot fly eggs.
At first, he was very nervous and would panic if a groom approached him. Winning his trust and making his sore feet comfortable was the main priority so we provided him with rubber matting and deep bedding.
He had painkillers and our staff spent time just being with him in his stable until he got used to them.
Eventually, we were able to get a headcollar on so important checks of his feet could be made and we could start removing the bot fly eggs.
X-rays showed no serious damage had been caused by laminitis and the farrier, who treated Stanley calmly and quietly, was able to trim his hooves at long last.
We knew Stanley was happy and content when he took to rolling in his stable every time we tried to muck out! He still has a long way to go, but his story shows the expert care he is receiving is making all the difference.