Tilly has lifelong home

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Abandoned pony Tilly could barely walk due to the pain caused by her severely overgrown hooves.

Little Tilly, who is believed to be about 19 years old, was discovered on a large parcel of land near Coalhouse Fort, in Tilbury, in February looking in obvious discomfort.

Now the Shetland cross is beginning a new safe and happy life at Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s Ada Cole visitor centre, near Harlow in Essex.

A concerned member of the public reported Tilly to fellow animal charity, Remus Horse Sanctuary, who called Redwings for support.

Upon seeing the desperate condition of her feet, Redwings Senior Field Officer Jo Franklin worked with the RSPCA to remove Tilly from the site as quickly as possible.

Police, alongside a vet, attended and seized Tilly, and she was transported to the House and Jackson Veterinary Hospital, near Chelmsford, for treatment.

After an extensive hoof trim, she was able to move around much more comfortably.

With sadly no trace of her owner to be found, Redwings offered Tilly a new forever home at the Sanctuary.

Jo Franklin said: “Tilly had one of the worst cases of overgrown hooves I’ve seen in a long time.

“It was obvious she was in severe discomfort and I’d like to thank the member of the public who took the time to report their concerns which ultimately led to her rescue.

“Frustratingly, there was no reason for Tilly’s hooves to have got into such a desperate state. Simple, regular foot trims would have ensured her hooves stayed in good condition and she would not have had to have suffered like she did.

Everyone is welcome to meet Tilly and her new friends at Redwings Ada Cole, in Epping Road, Roydon, Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2DH, every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 10am to 4pm – and entry is free.
For further information, head to www.redwings.org.uk/visiting

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