A CANCER survivor has thanked an “incredible” horse that helped her beat the devastating disease.
Alison Ironside, from Redruth, was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2014, and it was her rehomed pony Hercules that played a vital role in her subsequent recovery.
Hercules was rescued by charity World Horse Welfare and has since been crowned Supreme Champion in the charity’s Rehomed Horse of the Year Awards.
Hercules arrived at World Horse Welfare’s Glenda Spooner Farm in 2011 with chronic grass sickness, an illness which gave him just a two per cent chance of survival. Thanks to the team at World Horse Welfare and Hercules’ fighting spirit he made a full recovery.
Ms Ironside rehomed Hercules as a three year old, continuing his education and then backing him to ride.
She said: “In March 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer and after various surgeries, treatments, drugs, plus many months sat in a chair going mad watching daytime TV, I decided that it was time I started riding again.
“Out of all my ponies I knew that Hercules was the one I could trust to look after me in my very weak state.