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Injured horse on the mend

PUBLISHED: 09:14 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:34 08 July 2010

A PURE bred Arabian horse that suffered serious injuries after being so frightened that it smashed its way through two fences is well on the way to recovery in its paddock at Griston, near Watton.

A PURE bred Arabian horse that suffered serious injuries after being so frightened that it smashed its way through two fences is well on the way to recovery in its paddock at Griston, near Watton.

Owners of Silver Ffate,, who had previously qualified for the prestigious horse of the year show, say that the horse is lucky to be alive after its ordeal which happened in September last year .

Sally Reece, who owns the horse with her husband Brian, says it will be a slow recovery which has been delayed because of the snow and ice in the past couple of weeks.

“Silver Ffate is lucky to be alive because he could have broken his neck but we are none the wiser as to exactly what happened to make him smash through an electric fence and an eight-feet-high mesh fence”, she said.

As part of his early treatment for deep lacerations to his face and internal injuries, the horse spent a week at the equine hospital at Newmarket and then he later underwent key-hole surgery on his leg.

“We have walked him out and he has been ridden but his recovery has been delayed by the weather but hopefully he should be ready to take out for a proper canter at the end of March,” said Mrs Reece.

She added: “We don't know if we will ever get him back to show jumping again because his recovery is going to take some time.”

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