A mare with a foal at foot had to be rescued recently when she was discovered down with a hindleg tangled in her matted mane in South Wales, UK. A member of the public reported the mare to RSPCA and inspectors were able to cut the mane and free the mare.
"There is little doubt in my mind that, taking into account the remote location and the nature of the potential hazard from the tide, had we not intervened and freed this pony, it is quite likely that both the pony and her foal would have died,” commented RSPCA Inspector, Neil Manley.
”This is just one of many examples of the sort of trouble animals can get into when kept at remote locations and we would urge owners to keep the management and monitoring of their animals as consistent and regular as possible."
The problem is actually fairly common and a good reason why horses’ manes should be kept as tangle-free as possible.