By Aliki Kraterou
An adorable horse found almost frozen to death and ‘looking little different to a carcass’ has now been crowned a national champion.
Frodo, five, beat the odds to survive after being found in a terrible condition, abandoned in a field in Cheshire without food and water in the frozen temperatures of October 2014.
After being rescued by World Health Welfare, the plucky animal defied the odds to survive – and has now been crowned Pony Champion at national event Equifest 2018.
Frodo was found hidden on a pile of mouldy hay, frozen, starved, suffering from worms and a lice infestation and hardly able to stand.
World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Centre Manager, Fran Williamson, said: “Frodo’s transformation in less than four years since he arrived as a tiny foal who was so weak he couldn’t even support his own weight, is truly amazing.
“He was rehomed as a youngster where he developed his ground work and education before recently returning to Penny Farm to be backed to ride. He has taken everything in his stride and it is hard to believe that he was once very close to death’s door.”
Field Officer Rachel Andrews rescued him alongside the RSPCA and Police and he was taken to the World Horse Welfare Penny Farm in Blackpool, Lancs, after they failed to locate his owner.
Now, after constant care and hard work from the staff at the farm, Frodo is much better and is unrecognisable from the frozen foal that was close to dying.
He has already won two first prizes and now even been crowned Rescue Pony Champion, with World Horse Welfare Groom Nicolle Walmsley at the Equifest event.
Fran added: “Frodo’s incredible recovery is a true testament to the hard work and dedication of the team who cared for him at Penny Farm and we couldn’t be prouder to see this once frozen foal now crowned Champion.”