SWAMPED with worms and starving hungry, this foal was left abandoned in a field.
But the emaciated animal was spotted by a dog walker and reported to the RSPCA, who have now taken her into care.
It was discovered in a field off the A27, near Fareham, last Wednesday.
The dog walker, who did not want to be named, said: ‘She was incredibly thin and nervous with a pot belly from worms.
‘Plus she was incredibly hungry. The rug was not waterproof and it concealed her thinness.
‘I rang the RSPCA Cruelty line to report her and brought a small quantity of warm mash for her down to the field.
‘She was very poorly with massively overgrown hooves and quite fearful of people.’
The dog walker also reported the matter to Fareham Borough Council’s animal welfare team and an officer went to inspect the foal.
The RSPCA also sent deputy chief inspector Jenny Ride, who brought along an independent vet, who assessed the horse as being in circumstances where she was likely to suffer.
After they were unable to trace an owner, they decided to take the horse into the care of the RSPCA and she was removed on Friday.
DCI Ride said: ‘She was underweight and had overgrown hooves. She was also swamped with lice and has also been treated for worms.
‘She’s a lovely little thing, but she was certainly feeling a bit sorry for herself when we found her and in my mind there was no way she could have stayed where she was.’
The cob-type foal is estimated to be between one and two-years old and is a dark bay colour with a white blaze. She is now in the RSPCA’s care.
Councillor Trevor Cartwright, executive member for public protection, said: ‘We are really grateful to the person who reported this case of neglect.
‘I’d urge anyone who believes an animal is suffering unnecessarily to get in touch. Our officers work closely with animal welfare agencies, such as the RSPCA, who will ensure the animal receives proper medical attention and shelter.’
DCI Ride left an abandonment notice for the owner where the foal was found. Anyone with information can leave DCI Ride a message by calling 0300 123 8018.