From cruelty victim to show champion

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A horse left for dead in a muddy field has now been crowned a ‘show champion’ as her new owner Vikki Fowler had found the horse and nursed her back to health.

 Vikki Fowler said she was horrified to see the horse, now named ‘Hope’, in a terrible condition when she visited the land off Plantation Road Field in Edgworth, Lancashire. Vikki said: ‘I thought she was dead. Her head was under the water and she was drowning. She was extremely thin and she had no strength. A normal horse, trapped in barbed wire, wouldn’t just give up.’

The two-year old chestnut mare was found in an appalling condition and was cut free from barbed wire by onlookers, whilst Vikki was the on-call vet at the time. The former owner of ‘Hope’ Philip Davies, 65, was found guilty of 52 counts of animal cruelty for mistreating 17 horses and was fined around £86,000. He was also banned from keeping horses for life after the RSPCA had found the horses. A year on and not all the horses have been re-homed, but they are in RSPCA care whilst the charity seeks homes for them.

 Vikki Fowler decided to keep ‘Hope’ after nursing her back to health and has been presented with an award by the international Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) for rescuing the three-year-old Shire horse.

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