Injured Izzy is on road to recovery

Izzy pictured with Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre  senior groom Hannah Brown
Izzy pictured with Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre senior groom Hannah Brown

Happier times are ahead for a young horse who was found injured and in pain by a roadside thanks to the dedication of workers at a Blackpool rescue centre.

Izzy, a yearling, was discovered entangled in baler twine which had been used to tether her.

The injuries to Izzy's leg caused by the baler twine

The injuries to Izzy's leg caused by the baler twine

But the twine had cut into Izzy’s legs and chest after it got twisted round her neck when the young animal panicked at being tied up.

Thankfully she is now making a good recovery at Blackpool’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, which is run by World Horse Welfare.

Izzy was brought to the centre on Preston New Road two weeks ago after her plight was spotted by a member of the public who saw her tethered at a roadside in West Yorkshire.

Rescuers from the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare were alerted to the horse’s plight.

Izzy’s case is a prime example of the serious consequences from inappropriate tethering, particularly when the horse is so young

Too young to be tethered, Izzy had panicked and the baler twine rope round her neck had ended up tangled round her legs and chest where the harsh material had resulted in several painful wounds that needed urgent treatment by the experienced team at Penny Farm.

Izzy’s leg was so badly damaged from the twine it needed to be stapled, then cleaned and bandaged every day, plus she was also suffering from a skin condition and lice infestation.

But thanks to the World Horse Welfare team her wounds are now healing well and she is expected to make a full recovery.

World Horse Welfare Field Officer Sarah Tucker said: “Twine should never be used to tether a horse.

“Izzy’s case is a prime example of the serious consequences from inappropriate tethering, particularly when the horse is so young.

“Baler twine is clearly not a suitable material for tying a horse and in Izzy’s case has caused a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering which could have easily been avoided.”

Penny Farm manager Fran Williamson is delighted with Izzy’s progress.

She said: “Izzy is making a great recovery and is behaving like a perfect patient. We’re confident that once she has undergone rehabilitation in our centre she has a really bright future ahead and will hopefully be a fantastic candidate for our rehoming scheme.”