Belfast Telegraph

Someone left this horse to die... help track them down

By Linda Stewart

This horse has a mysterious past — one that has left him emaciated and close to death.

Now an animal welfare charity is seeking information that will uncover that unknown past and set him on the road to recovery.

He has been named Forza by Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary in Antrim, which has taken in the seven-year-old chestnut gelding to nurse him back to health.

Staff are hoping the public will be able to give them some information about Forza’s past so they can better understand his behaviour and give him the best future possible.

Forza is a gelding with a high stepping action, staff said.

“When he arrived at Crosskennan he was completely emaciated and his body condition score was zero,” a spokeswoman said.

That means his skin was pulled tight over his ribs, his pelvis was angular with a very sunken rump and he had a deep cavity under the tail.

“He was covered in rain scald with additional pressure sores on his withers and mud fever caused his legs to be swollen and sore,” the spokeswoman added.

“He had a wracking cough and a nasal discharge which left this weakened gelding so exhausted that he showed little interest in eating.

“After his veterinary checks he was prescribed antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and breathing supplements.

“A refeeding programme was set up and he is receiving extensive nursing care.

“It was discovered that he has a dust allergy and his hay is now steamed or soaked.

“Forza’s recuperation is slow but he is on the road to recovery.

“As he is making progress physically he has become cheeky and will nip.

“He strikes out with his front legs in protest and stands up on his back legs at the slightest opportunity.

“He has started his training and is already showing how intelligent he is.”

The charity is hoping that someone might recognise him and supply some information about Forza’s past before he found himself in a welfare situation.

The information is solely required to help Forza’s training and future wellbeing.

If anyone can fill in the blanks they should contact Crosskennan on 028 9446 5384 or email

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