Bransby Horses Fight to Save Bullseye and Lasso
On Tuesday 14th February, the Bransby Horses’ External Welfare Team was asked to assist the Police with the removal of two young ponies, Bullseye and Lasso (named by staff). Both in very poor condition, the ponies were malnourished and emaciated with a sickening body condition score of just 0.5 out of 5. Concerns quickly grew for Bullseye and Lasso; they were also infested with lice and as a result, had lesions covering their bodies.
On arrival, Bullseye, a bright and cheeky pony, was administered pain relief and probiotics to give him some support. Bullseye underwent routine tests, including full blood profiles, and faeces and saliva tests. A high-spirited pony, the staff are currently working tirelessly with Bullseye to build his strength and begin his rehabilitation.
The more concerning of the two ponies, Lasso, was quiet and lethargic on arrival at the charity. With barely enough energy to eat, Lasso was weak and sadly, severely dehydrated. The attending vet administered five litres of intravenous fluids, along with pain relief, steroids, antibiotics and a probiotic to help support his condition. Lasso was administered more fluids through the night and began to respond to treatment. A full blood profile was taken to test for Strangles and his faeces and saliva were tested as part of the routine intake tests.
The next morning, Lasso showed signs of improvement. However, our experienced staff decided that he still needed some extra support, so he had a plasma transfusion from Rehoming Barn resident, Thor. Lasso will continue to be provided with pain relief, steroids, antibiotics and probiotics but is still very weak; he has a long road to recovery ahead of him.
Bransby Horses would like to thank the Police involved with this case; they monitored the ponies closely and contacted the charity for assistance upon their seizure.
Bransby Horses could not continue to help and rehabilitate equines like Bullseye and Lasso without public donations and legacies, and would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support.
For further information please contact Bransby Horses on 01427 788464 or visit www.bransbyhorses.co.uk.