World Horse Welfare is celebrating the third birthday of Opel, a rescue pony that arrived at Glenda Spooner Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in an extremely poor condition, but is now transformed.
Opel, a skewbald Shetland, was brought to Glenda Spooner Farm in January in an emaciated condition, barely able to stand with several wounds and pressure sores as aresult of collapsing for a long period of time (see picture, right).
Opel was also covered in lice and riddled with worms. But after lots of care from staff at the farm, she has made a remarkable recovery.
"Opel has become a real firm favourite with all of us here at the farm so we thought what better way to celebrate than to hold an event where members of the public can come and meet her," said Claire Phillips, Centre Manager.
“When she arrived, it was touch and go for the first three days and staff here nursed her around the clock, administering medication and keeping her company as she was far too weak to be around other ponies. On the third day, however, Opel started to look a bit brighter and even started to call to the staff, asking where her next meal was. Since then she has made steady progress and is proving herself to be a real character."
It is hoped that Opel will be able to be rehomed in future. "The prognosis for her long term future is good and she should make a full recovery, going on to lead a normal life,” adds Claire.
A special ‘Opel Open Afternoon’ on Saturday 19 May 2012 will celebrate her transformation to date as well as her third birthday. For more information, visit www.worldhorsewelfare.org