Noddy Desperately Needs Our Help to Save His Life
Noddy has been surrendered to Hugs as his owner could no longer care for him due to their own ill health. He sadly has severe laminits, a life threatening and very painful condition that is caused by inflammation in the horses foot. It can be triggered by different things, but most cases are through the horse or pony being overweight from particularly rich sugary grazing or overfeeding.
Noddy has been very well loved but sadly a bit too much as he is grossly overweight and has had some poor foot care, which has caused his laminitis. Because he is in so much pain, he has been walking with all his weight on his heels. Imagine walking on your heels 24/7! This has caused a rotation of his pedal bone, which is now fractured from the pressure. His soles are also very thin, causing more pain when he walks.
For many ponies, this would have been a very bleak future but our vet has given Noddy a good prognosis, providing he can get the specialist shoes, treatment and diet that he so badly needs. He has already had x-rays and diagnosis from the vet so that bill will be around £350 and he will have to have more to see if there are any changes to his pedal bone. He will also need very specialist shoes, including pads, every 6 weeks for at least 6 months at £200 a time. All this adds up to a minimum of £1,500. If left untreated Noddy would have had a certain fate of having to be put to sleep but with your help, we can give him a future and a happy, pain free life.
*Update – He has now been with us for a few weeks and is currently on our restricted grazing track and has already lost 25 kilos so is heading in the right direction.
Noddy is a cheeky pony, full of life and personality. He can be saved, with your help, and rehabilitated to find his forever family. If you can, please donate to our appeal for Noddy and watch him on his journey to recovery. Thank you for your kindness and for believing in Hugs.
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Dobby Needs Your Help
Dobby has not had the best start to life. He arrived at The Hugs Foundation in April 2020 when Hugs assisted another charity in rescuing four severely neglected and abandoned young ponies from Surrey. Two of these have now been successfully rehabilitated re-homed (Dickinson and Moomin) and are living the most amazing lives. Another pony (Laurel) sadly had to be put to sleep because his injuries were so severe. That left Dobby, a two year old piebald gelding.
We don’t know what happened to Dobby before he came to Hugs but he is a very nervous little pony. He is incredibly sweet and tries really hard to be brave and trust humans. The team at Hugs have given him lots of care and love and this, along with a little patience, is starting to make a real difference as he is blossoming into a handsome, sweet and loving pony.
Unfortunately, Dobby has a skin problem which needs treatment before he can be offered for re-homing. He has sarcoids, tumour like masses, on his chest and armpits. Sarcoids are unique to horses, they look and behave as tumours but they are triggered by a virus, Bovine Papilloma Virus (BPV1/2), in susceptible horses. Sarcoids can appear in different forms. Occult sarcoids look like flat bald patches of skin, Nodular sarcoids are regular masses under the skin or in it, Verrucous sarcoids are wart like and Fibroblastic sarcoids are large and ulcerated. They can occur singly or be multiple, they can appear at a site which had been a wound and they exhibit a huge range of growth patterns. One type can change into another, a sarcoid can be quiet for a long time or grow and change rapidly. Depending on size, site and the tissue involved they can be life-threatening. Fly bites can cause sarcoids as some flies carry the virus and a horse with sarcoids can also pass them on to another horse if they are genetically susceptible to the disease.
Dobby has Nodular and Verrucous sarcoids. There is a wide range of treatments for sarcoids but our vet has recommended surgery to remove them and the operation and treatment is going to cost approximately £2,000. They must be treated for him to be fit for re-homing and to allow him to live out a happy, healthy life. If all goes well, Dobby can continue his rehabilitation at Hugs where everyone loves him for his sweet, kind nature. He is a shy little person but is maturing into a lovely, genuine pony that will hopefully be able to enjoy life as a childrens ridden pony or as companion to another horse. If you can, please help fund our appeal for Dobby, using the link below, and enable us to give him the future that he so deserves.