Apache is a young Cob who arrived at Hope Pastures as part of a large rescue operation. The bedraggled little yearling was among horses and ponies that had been abandoned to fend for themselves, and being so young he was unable to compete against the older and stronger animals for food or water.
When he reached sanctuary, Apache was in a very sorry state. He was lethargic, dehydrated and underweight. He was riddled with parasites inside and out and this, combined with his fear of just about everything, meant his whole system was under massive stress.
In a case like this, Hope Pastures has a vet in attendance within 24 hours to carry out a full health check: essential blood tests for contagious disease and organ function; worm egg counts; checks on heart rate & respiration; dehydration and infection.
If they are fit enough,the new arrivals are also microchipped, vaccinated and issued with passports. So you can see why funds are vital.
Apache was too weak to vaccinate, his needs were more desperate. He required urgent nutrition to address his anaemia caused by poor diet and worm damage and to get him through the next few days.
Poor Apache had the survival odds staked against him, but thanks to the dedication of everyone at Hope Pastures who did everything within their power to nurse him back to health, Apache turned a corner and started to improve.
With each passing day he is growing stronger and learning to trust humans more and more.
We are delighted to say he is now a healthy, happy and bright little pony. His courage and determination earned him a special place in the hearts of the dedicated staff and volunteers at Hope Pastures and he is very much loved by everyone who meets him.
Apache can now be seen sharing sunshine and grass in the paddocks with his friend Freya - a young filly who arrived on the same day. Freya also needed extra specialist support as she was emaciated and has a heart condition.
It seems odd to say that Apache and Freya were the lucky ones, but some of their friends from the group didn’t make it to safety where they could get the specialist care they so desperately needed.
Sadly Apache’s story is not uncommon, indiscriminate breeding leads to colts being abandoned and left to fend for themselves without even the basic needs of food or water and they have a really tough time of it. It is often down to places like Hope Pastures to pick up the pieces of such a horrendous start and give these gorgeous animals a chance to lead a happy life.
Hope Pastures has given Apache a chance of a future – now he needs a home.
Castration is another essential cost-incurring procedure that Hope Pastures desperately needs donations to fund. Life as a stallion is not an option for a rescue colt (unless the procedure would cause a risk to life) so, as soon as soon as he was strong Apache was gelded.
He can now mix with mares and geldings - old and young - quite happily and lead a sociable life without the risk of producing more little Apaches!