Jingles' Christmas miracle
Jingles the pony needed to be nursed back from the brink of death after being abandoned in a terrible state.
Jingles was first spotted on an early December morning, by a woman who had come to tend to her own horses in the field in Ashford. She could see straight away that the little skewbald pony had been abandoned and was seriously unwell.
Too weak to stand
The woman who had found Jingles quickly got in contact to let us know that the frail and frightened little pony needed our help. RSPCA Animal welfare officer Lynn White was soon on her way to the scene.
When she got there, she found that Jingles had collapsed in a corner of the field. He was so weak that he wasn’t able to get back onto his feet and stand up. Lynn immediately called an emergency vet out to help him.
Luckily they were able to transport Jingles to a local rescue centre. But he had a long, hard road to recovery ahead of him.
An uncertain future
As well as being underweight, it turned out that Jingles was also riddled with worms and lice. He was very unwell, and it would take a lot of work to bring him back to health.
As our equine rehoming officer Claudia Corner, who was a part of Jingles' recovery, said:
That Christmas we didn’t know what the future would hold for Jingles – we didn’t even know if he would make it into the new year.
The young and vulnerable pony had been abandoned at a time when most people are celebrating, and showing kindness to each other and their pets. For Jingles this Christmas would be spent fighting, alongside his vets and carers, for his survival.
His miraculous recovery
It wasn’t just medical attention that Jingles needed. It was also love, care and kindness – the things that he’d been denied earlier in his life were what nursed him back through his hardest moments.
Although it took a long time and a lot of hard work, thankfully Jingles made an incredible recovery from the brink of death.
Claudia updates that:
It has taken many months of specialist care and lots of TLC to nurse Jingles back to health, but he’s come on leaps and bounds.
Now the gorgeous boy is barely recognisable. We’re sure he’ll make a wonderful companion and riding pony in the future.
Jingles didn’t have the best start to life, but through kindness he’s recovered to become the characterful pony with the bright future that he is today.
Give some kindness this Christmas
This festive period, many more animals just like Jingles will be arriving, recovering, and waiting for new homes in our centres. And we want to help them with the same kindness that brought Jingles through his fight for survival.
Help care for a rescued animal this Christmas by buying their meals over the three main days of the holidays. Your kindness can make such a difference.