Mare and sick foal rescued by charity

Redwings horse rescue.

Redwings horse rescue. - Credit: Archant

A piebald cob mare with a very sickly foal was rescued from a field near Haddiscoe by the Redwings charity recently.

The charity attended following a call to its helpline.

Requiring immediate veterinary attention, and with the help of Redwings’ senior welfare veterinary surgeon Nic de Brauwere and RSPCA Inspector Ben Kirby, the foal was removed with the mare and taken to Redwings’ reception centre.

Nearby welfare charity Horse Rescue Fund were called upon for help in transporting the horses to the centre.

The two relatively unhandled horses were cared for throughout the night with experts very concerned about the young foal. Diagnosis for his current condition is underway.

The case comes just months after a similar mare and foal rescue by Redwings late last year. In October, the charity rescued a mare with a six-week-old foal at foot found on farmland near Harleston. The pair – named Star and Rocket by the sanctuary – were both extremely thin and Star was in such a severe state of neglect she sadly died less than two weeks after her rescue.

Investigations into the recent rescue are ongoing.

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Anyone wanting to help support Redwings’ care for the recently-rescued foal and his mother, can donate by texting “HORS30 £5” to 70070 or visit