Cinderella was on the brink of death and heavily pregnant when she was found scavenging for food in a saturated field, in a desperate bid to keep her unborn foal alive.
The elderly horse was so emaciated that nearly every bone was protruding from her frail body, in one of the worst cases of neglect Blue Cross has ever seen.
When the RSPCA found her beside an industrial estate with a group of other abandoned horses, vets warned she was just days away from losing her fight for survival – so the mare was immediately seized and rushed to our Burford horse unit for emergency care.
Well into her 20s, Cinderella was far too old to be in foal and she had a body condition score of just 0.5, on a scale which rates one as emaciated and five as obese. Her skin was dehydrated and covered with scabs.
It was touch and go for the brave thoroughbred cross for some time and our team knew it would be a miracle if her foal survived too. But two months on, her horrific tale of suffering has had an overwhelmingly happy ending, thanks to unstinting care from our devoted team.