A ONE-year-old horse found abandoned on a dual carriageway is being nursed back to health at a Wrexham-based centre.
The horse was spotted wandering on a busy ‘A’ road in Mid Wales earlier this month and after a week of searching for its owners, it was due to go for slaughter.
However, the HACK horse sanctuary, in Mill Lane, Bradley, stepped in and offered to take in the horse – yet to be named – in an attempt to bring it back to health before looking for a new home.
The horse rescue, rehabilitation and education centre celebrated its 22nd birthday on Monday and runs several types of educational programmes involving basic knowledge for potential horse owners, and a popular Saturday children’s club.
HACK founder Pamela Buck, said the young horse was a “very lucky boy” to still be alive.
“When he was found, the local authority has to give seven days to try to find the owner.
“Otherwise they are taken to a slaughterhouse,” she explained.
“He was only young so he didn’t stand much of a chance on a busy dual carriageway.
“The authority sent an appeal out to see if anyone would take him in and we said we would.
“He’s in pretty poor nick. He is totally underweight and has been lying down in his own muck.
“He’s last year’s foal and his feet have never been looked at until our farrier came on Wednesday.”
Mrs Buck said the horse was “quite chipper” despite his health issues, and she hoped he could be re-homed once he has recovered.
“We will be looking for a home for him once he’s feeling better”, she said.
“We tend to loan our horses out and find homes for them as soon as they are fit so we can look after another horse.”
Anyone able to take on the young horse once it has been rehabilitated can contact Mrs Buck on 01244 571524.