Isn’t it funny how a horse likes honey?
A horse who was on the verge of being put down has made a miraculous recovery thanks to a few dollops of the sweet stuff.
The animal, appropriately called Miracle, collided with a fence and suffered a 12-inch gash in her leg.
Her owner, Sue Gessey, 40, who runs the Animal Healing Trust in Withal, Worcestershire, had taken her in as a rescue horse.
Miracle was saved from the knacker’s yard four years ago, only to come close to death again with the horrific injury.
One vet recommended Miracle be put to sleep after suffering the gash in her leg, but Sue wouldn’t contemplate that course of action, and found another vet who suggested putting honey on the wound twice a day.
Honey from the charity’s own beehives was used on Miracle’s leg.
Unbelievably, after six days Miracle was able to put weight on the leg, and after five weeks had made a full recovery.
“We don’t know what Miracle did but it was a horrible injury,” said Sue.
“I arrived at the centre in the morning and she was in the field with her leg gaping and there was blood everywhere.
“She must have caught her leg on a fence in a freak accident.
“When I looked closer I saw a huge piece of skin flapping around with blood pouring out. It was horrible.”
“For the next three days the vet was calling me telling me I needed to put Miracle down, but I couldn’t believe it.”
Sue found the honey suggestion while researching online, before a different vet also mentioned the unusual treatment.
“He operated on her in the field for £400 and then said I needed to apply honey to the wound every day, which would work as a natural antiseptic,” she said.
“That was no problem for me, as we have our own beehive for exactly that. I believe that’s why she made such an amazing recovery, it was like silk binding her leg back together.”
Miracle got her name from her first brush with death, when she was saved from slaughter four years ago with just hours to spare.
“After her latest scare she’s certainly living up to her name,” said Sue.