Flamenca was 9 when she came to us. We agreed to take Flamenca on in August 2017, when her previous owner explained that she had terrible sweet itch and needed to live somewhere away from the mosquitoes (we are very lucky that we never suffer the problem here and rarely see a mosquito) . Her previous owner saw her at a meat dealer and couldn’t leave her there. She had previously lived at a stud and been beaten and abused . When her previous owner rescued her she was malnourished and had been living on waste food from a brewery and vegetable trimmings.
Her life was never easy …
Sadly to add to her problems, she was then ‘broken in’ by the dealer and was so traumatised she wouldn’t come out of her stable for a week. Luckily her previous owner then decided to take her bitless and barefoot and , when looking to re home her to a bitless and barefoot home, found us on Facebook.
When Flamenca arrived she did look a mess, with no mane , her tail rubbed hairless and red, bleeding sores all over her from the bites. After just 2 weeks of special baths and not being bitten anymore, she is already so much better , her scabs just have to fall off and she will look so pretty – being dapple grey, she is a nice addition to our herd. Her mane and tail are also growing back already.
She does need to lose quite a lot of weight and she has rings round her feet from having laminitis but now that she is integrated into the herd she should have to move more for her food (and share it of course!) so hopefully she will soon be a more healthy weight and fingers crossed we should be able to start riding her very soon.