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Why do we not take in every horse we come across that has had its welfare compromised?
Currently in the Uk, there are a multitude of organisations, taking in horses, rehabilitating them, then trying to rehome them. 
Some of these horses are lucky and find forever homes, some are not so lucky and become adoption horse or live out their days at sanctuaries. Others, when numbers are at a critical level...........well I will leave that to your imagination.

"A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence." Pam Brown

So what's the story? Well, Communities For Horses, has seen, witnessed and experienced the fall out from horses being seized, bans imposed and sometimes even prison sentences spent.  
People sometimes say that trying to change culture is impossible but we disagree. Culture changes, develops and evolves continuously. We CAN change deeply embedded practices that do not meet the animals' needs through community engagement and education.

 

The way we work, is different Why? We exist in the communities where we work where there is an abundance of horses with compromised welfare, particularly since the fly grazing legislation came into force.  Previously there were approx. 600 equines tethered in this area. Now many of these horses have been seized by the local authority and then replaced by their owners! They become hidden, confined to gardens, sheds and barns with the most squalid of conditions.Some of the lucky ones have grazing, however not always the best grazing or the safest.
Due to legislation we are unable to gain entry into these premises, unless invited or with the assistance of the  statutory enforcement officer (Local Trading Standards Officer ) or the police. This applies to all animal welfare officers who work for organisations in the UK . Even with powers of entry there is still a multitude of red tape to cross, 
which means that without having relationships with the owners  we cannot have a positive effect on the lives of the horses. 



 

 

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The above image is from a Vet Day, where we were out in the community with our Vet Holly Thomas (Cotts Equine Clinic), microchipping and passporting horses. This means that all the horses are traceable to the owner at the time.
We provide the horse owning individuals with the knowledge to improve the welfare for their horses, whilst doing so also themselves. We are invited onto yards, into gardens, barns and sheds where these horses are kept. Most owners genuinely do not set out to intentionally compromise the welfare of their horses. Sometimes owners struggle with their own self esteem, transport, suppliers or illness. Others believe that they are meeting the needs of the their horses, with knowledge passed on through generations and also being gained from the big wide web. The lessons learnt are almost  always to the detriment of the horses.  

We are currently in the process of planning a Communities For Horses Castration clinic, with Cotts Equine. We will keep you posted .  

" if we were to set about arranging for all the horses to be seized, more would appear, sometimes even grown in numbers".
 
A pony being kept in garden, one of many that we see. 
We will share more insight into our work in our newsletters. We unable to disclose specific details and images of ongoing cases.One of the cases involves 11 equines  where we  have been liaising with nutritionists, suppliers and vets, which involves specific, targeted intervention, in a precarious situation. 
This is an example of just one of the cases that we are currently working on.  Our welfare officer is providing intensive support to the owners and the horses ,to improve the environment and the health, weight and general well being of all the horses concerned in this case. 
 Holly
 
Holly is now ready to meet her new family 

Holly is a registered Welsh Cob 14.2 hh , 16yrs old, good to catch, handle, box. clip and trim as she is currently barefoot. 
She is being rehomed as a companion, as she would require a very experienced patient rider to bring her back into work. We therefore feel that in would be in Holly's best interest for to be loved for who she is not what she can do. 




 
This is Holly after her rehabilitation, no longer of a low body condition score and free from pain. 
Welsh Border Charity Ride 2019 
Bethan is training hard for this epic journey and we are appealing to our supporters to assist us with raising awareness and funds for this selfless act. We have sponsorship forms available or donations can be made direct to https://www.justgiving.com/teams/welshborder? 

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Prevention is better than cure - it costs nothing to ask for help. Are you struggling with your herd, horses, costs, time? Are you aware that you are not meeting all the needs of your horses? Are you aware of all their needs? Is your fencing in need of repair? Is your horse getting the exercise and turn out he/she needs?

It takes courage to ask for help but doing just that is the best thing you can do for the horses you have and care about. Be brave, act before its too late - it's free and saves you in time, money, stress and possibly a prosecution. Communities For Horses helps urban horse owners when they ask for it. Keep up to date with our work by signing up for our newsletter on the website.

 

Without your continued support, we would be unalbe to answer welfare calls. Many of the horses in our area, would continue to live as they have in sheds and gardens. 
Thank You 

Amazing supporters 

 

We have some amazing regular donations from  Holly Thomas, Jenni Nellist and  Liam Millenship, which assit us with keeping our phone line going and the wheels turning for welfare calls Thank you so much. 
Without your continued support we would be unable to assist and have a positive effect on so many horses. Heartfelt 
thanks from us and them. 
If you would like to run a fundraising event for us, please let us know! Alternatively, if you would like to donate, click on the link below, we would be immensely grateful.
https://www.gofundme.com/support-equine-welfare

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 *|October 2018 Newsletter |*
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