Saving Abandoned Fly-grazing Equines
Registered Charity 1172769
We have 16 horses in our care under rehabilitation at present (June 2017). Each came to us legally via serving the Abandonment Notice with the Landowners (Control of Horses Act 2015). Each horse receives veterinary attention on arrival and subsequent medication, usually to manage liver damage (common with fly-grazed horses due to eating the poisonous Ragwort plant), parasite infection, worm burden, sores and wounds. In addition, all male horses (90% of our herd) are castrated before re-homing to stop them from adding to the ‘over-breeding’ crisis from whence they came.
Unfortunately some horses are too ill to survive by the time we are able to take them. In April alone, two of our rescues died shortly after arrival.
Below are photos of some of our current 'herd', all being nursed back to full health by our band of wonderful volunteers, who visit them daily and care for their every need.
Teddy arrived in February 2016, less than a year old. He has been quite ill due to infections after a heavy worm burden but is now clear. Once old enough to be castrated he will be re-homed.
Badger came to us in January 2016, less than six months old. An abandonment notice had been served on the field he was in, and his owners took the other 6 members of his herd, including his mother, but left Badger on his own, knee-deep in muddy water.
He was very depressed for days after he arrived, but quickly bonded with Teddy and the two have become best friends. Badger is growing in to a handsome young man and once old enough to be castrated, will be available for re-homing.
Our 'White Boys' - Arthur, Bert, Casper and Tetley, arrived with us in May 2016. They had been seized by the police who had them, and another eight, under observation. They were in a terrible condition, with horrible matted dirty coats and the longest unkempt hooves we have ever seen.
The vet took blood samples and two showed positive for liver damage which they have now overcome thanks to careful medication and feeding. They were also subject to sweet itch, with poor Bert suffering so much he had to go on steroids and stabled until his condition improved.
Three of the colts had clearly not been handled but Bert is very inquisitive and loving. We can't wait to find them their forever homes, but need to wait until they can be castrated before they can leave us (late 2016).