New Forest stallion Bullhill Major makes recovery
Carolyn Griffith, New Milton Advertiser & Lymington Times

New Forest stallion Bullhill Major makes recovery

AN amorous New Forest stallion is well on the road to recovery after he became stuck in a tree for around three days, suffering multiple injuries which almost lead to organ failure.

Seven-year-old Bullhill Major was also suffering from severe dehydration when he was found, but now five months on from his ordeal, his wounds have almost completely healed.

Last June owner Suzanne Kempe had noticed Major had not been seen for a couple of days.

Suzanne, who runs a small New Forest pony stud and is a regular public speaker on the breed, thought he had gone to a cooler clearing, deeper in the forest.

However, a phone call three days after he was last seen confirmed Suzanne’s fears he had been injured.

Major was found straddled over a beech branch extending from a fallen tree with all four feet off the ground.

Horse riders who came across him alerted a local commoner and, with the help of a chainsaw, Major was released from the branch, and taken to Seadown’s veterinary hospital in Hythe.

While is it not known how he came to be in the precarious position, Suzanne believes Major could have been trying to mount a mare who then passed under the branch.

Seadown’s clinical director and equine veterinary surgeon Laura Trigg told the A&T Major did not initially present to be as unwell as he was – which she puts down to the “stoical” breed.

After blood samples were taken it was discovered he was suffering severe dehydration and close to the onset of kidney failure.

She said: “Due to Major being effectively hung from the tree branch, he had severe pressure wounds in his abdominal region.

“These wounds again looked benign, however it was quickly realised these wounds were extensive and deep, and the overlying skin tissue was dead and necrotising. This could potentially lead to a life-threatening septicaemia if inflammatory factors from the dying skin and muscle tissues was released into the blood stream.”

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