Shocking images of mare and three week foal with horrific lesions rescued from field
**Warning - some readers may find the below images distressing**
A mare and her three week young foal rescued from a field were found with horrific lesions on their bodies.
The older horse was the worst affected by the severe photosensitivity as the skin was falling away from her face and body.
ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan was involved in the rescue of the two animals from an area of grassland in east Cork.
“The mare is comfortable at present, but she has to be kept stabled and her skin kept soothed," she said.
"We are still unsure of the severity of the damage to her body, but we are thankful that both her foal and herself are safe and kept in a cool UV free environment.
Photosensitisation is a serious skin condition in which skin abnormally reacts to sunlight.
It can be identified by skin that appears to be sunburned and crusty, that eventually dies and falls away from flesh.
Usually caused by a reaction to something the animal has eaten, the skin problem generally does not appear unless the animal is exposed to sunlight.
Tests are currently being carried out to see if the condition was activated by something the mare had eaten in the past, that had caused issues to her liver.
The mare was not micro-chipped and enquires are ongoing to trace her owner.
Both mare and foal are currently in the care of the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre in Mallow - and are doing well.