Cressida, believed to be the cousin of champion racehorse Desert Orchid is looking for a home.

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Cresside healthy
Cressida healthy

A horse believed to be the cousin of champion racehorse Desert Orchid has made an outstanding recovery having been rescued by a Bristol-based animal welfare charity.  The mare named Cressida was discovered starving and neglected near Sailsbury. She was significantly underweight, but with the rehabilitation HorseWorld have provided she is now back in peak condition and looking for a new loving loan home.

Cressida came to HorseWorld at a unhealthily thin 445 kilos and has now put on 163 kilo to be a comfortable and happy 608 kilos. This means she has gained over 25 stones during her successful rehabilitation.

HorseWorld’s programme of rehabilitation has seen Cressida come from an underweight shell of a horse to a fighting fit, happy mare. Along with Cressida three other horses were seized from the same conditions and are also back to full health.

Cressida is believed to be related to the famous racehorse, Desert Orchid who won 34 races and had winnings of over £650,000. Staff have been informed by a previous owner of Cressida that her bloodline traces a relationship with the champion, and are seeking confirmation of this.

Cressida on day of rescue
Cressida on day of rescue

“She has made an amazing recovery” said Jerry Watkins, HorseWorld’s Director of Equine Welfare. “Her determined mindset may have come from her famous cousin and has helped her on the road to recovery. Without HorseWorld’s help it is not clear what would have happened to these animals. The owner of the horses has now been prosecuted for neglect.”

HorseWorld’s primary work is to rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses, ponies and donkeys. The charity is responsible for over 140 horses on the Whitchurch site and over 300 on loan in the South West region.

Cressida is now available to re-home as a companion, for more info please visit
To make a donation to support HorseWorld’s vital 365-days-a-year animal welfare work, and help animals like Cressida you can:
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