photograph taken when she first arrived at HorseWorld
Pea and Joanne Vaughan (Head Groom)" showing how well
the nose is starting to heal
Pony Abandoned With Rope Embedded in Nose
staff were shocked when they found a pony abandoned on wasteland
in Avonmouth with a blue nylon rope embedded in its nose.
The nylon rope appeared to have been used as a head collar,
which is very dangerous as they can tighten and as in Sweet
Pea's case, leave a very deep and painful wound.
staff rushed the pony back to their Welfare department in
Whitchurch, Bristol, to remove the rope. The wound was obviously
very painful for the pony, but she remained calm whilst grooms
cleared out the dead skin. Staff at HorseWorld named the pony
"Sweet Pea" - due to her prettiness and sweet nature.
rescued animals are given a thorough health check at HorseWorld
as soon as they arrive, and it was quickly discovered that
Sweet Pea was also pregnant. Sweet Pea's condition will be
carefully monitored over the coming months, to ensure she
and her unborn foal receive all the nutrients and care they
need. Staff predict that her foal will be born in March /
April, although we do not know what breed the father is or
how well Sweet Pea managed to feed in the early stages of
Pea has now been moved from HorseWorld's Welfare department
to the Visitor Centre, where staff are continuing her rehabilitation.
Chris Kemp, Visitor Centre Manager, said; "We are pleased
with Sweet Pea's progress. Her nose is slowly healing, although
we still have to keep a very close eye on it. She has a lovely
friendly nature, although a little shy and defensive, but
we hope with love and tender care that she will make an excellent
little riding pony. We now need to look after her and give
her the time and space she needs to recover. We don't know
any of her history, but we are really hoping her foal will
Pea's rescue was filmed by the Animal Hospital TV crew, and
will be shown on Wednesday 26th November.