When you think of horses in the wild, there’s usually a common image that comes to mind.
You picture beautiful, strong creatures running through a field, the sun glistening off their shiny coat and mane. Maybe you see the wild horses known to roam in North Carolina, splashing through the surf and kicking sand up as they run along.
Horses aren’t animals that we picture suffering in the wild, not in the way that we think of dogs and cats struggling to get by. Horses seem to belong there, maybe that’s why we don’t call them stray, but wild.
But this isn’t always the case.
Like any animal that’s left to fend for themselves, horses and ponies can fall victim to the elements. And, unfortunately, that’s what happened to this little black-and white-pony named Buggy.
Buggy was spotted by Chloe Atkins. She could tell from a distance that Buggy was in bad shape. She immediately called World Horse Welfare and brought their attention to the situation.
When World Horse Welfare field officer Sarah Tucker got to Buggy, she found him being eaten alive by maggots and nearly unable to stand.
Tucker brought Buggy in and he is recovering very nicely. All that’s left is for him to put on some weight!
Warning: The video contains some graphic images of the wounds.
Watch Atkins reunite with Buggy and please SHARE this amazing rescue and reunion with everyone you know!