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Registered Charity No. 1180625
Forever Family Found For Holly 
  
 On the 25th July 2018, we were contacted by a local authority to assist with a mare - Holly. Now just short of 1 year on, fully rehabilitated, fit and healthy she has gone to her forever companion home. She was delivered by a Lantra qualified equine transporter, to ensure her journey would be safe. We would like to thank you, each and everyone of you for sharing Holly's rehoming posts. One post got 450 shares. This is just amazing, thank you. We wish Holly and her new human family all the very best with her future. We will of course be routinely checking on Holly at her forever home. On arrival with us, Holly was quarantined for 30 days, had a full blood work up, was tested for strangles, had routine 6 monthly dental visits and a physio work up.
The tests and rehabilitation that Holly received is what we as a professional organisation do as part of our procedures.
To support our work please visit. https://www.communitiesforhorses.org/

Welsh Border Challenge Ride 2019 


One month on from finish our epic journey Charm and I are back into our normal routine and it feels like  a lifetime ago.
It was very surreal when we finished and spent the days following wondering what to do and I had spent the last month waking up feeding Charm and setting off for the day. I also had to wean Charm off her feed and exercise so her body didn’t have a shock. I was excited to spend some time with family, friends and my other animals. 

 

I absolutely loved our journey and could have easily carried on. I couldn’t have asked for a better horse than Charm she was the perfect partner. I also would like to thank everyone that helped out and donated it was truly amazing the support I received. One of my biggest highlight of the trip was meeting some amazing and generous people along the trip.

 

People have been asking what was my highest and lowest point and it is always a really hard question. There were so many high points I was grateful to see spectacular views that were truly breath taking. It was so lovely to see my grandad at the Blind Veterans centre, he calls it his second home. He also hasn’t seen my riding for a long time so it was great for him to meet Charm. 

 

The one thing I remember was my 5th day. I got absolutely drenched whilst I was riding the Offa’s dyke from Pandy to Hay-On-Wye I was on top of the mountain for over 20km alone in the fog not able to see the spectacular scenery I was looking forward too. That was probably my lowest point as it felt like it was never ending and I was still settling into our routine.

I never imagined I could raise £4500 for Communities For Horses and Blind Veterans and it is down to everyone that donated either their money, services or time. I can't thank you enough!

Charm and Bethan have completed thier challenge ride, they have gone above and beyond for ourselves and Blind Veterans Uk, raising in excess of her target. Approximately £2300 for us at Communities For Horses. Thank you so much for all you support. 

We have been experiencing some mechanical issues with our outreach truck. However, this does not hinder our work! One of our trustees, Kathy Thomas, jumped at the chance to take us out into the community - where she enjoyed meeting some of our four legged clients. Thank you Kathy.

 Wanted ! We are looking for someone who could help us to write blogs, social media posts and other things about our work. This is a voluntary position and you will be given lots of information from which to get up to speed with what we do and how we do it. We need to increase our visibility - are you the person who could help us ? For the right person it is a great opportunity to have a meaningful role in a small but growing and innovative charity . please contact us should you be interested.
 
This last month we have received an array of calls regarding equines of differing ages. From very young to veteran horses. 
The care requirements for both age groups can differ immensely. 
Young foals, require appropriate nutrition, to ensure a steady growth rate, they require appropriate handling and care, most importantly they require their mum. This is unfortunately not always possible and caring and nurturing very young foals and can costly and extremely time consuming. It is very difficult to meet the emotional requirements of a very young foal that has lost its mother so soon after birth. The consequences of inappropriate care can have an detrimental effect on the mental and physical growth of the foal. 

Veteran horses. These are the most forgotten, abandoned and unwanted age of horse, in a society that classes horses as a disposable commodity. Many aging horses find themselves, alone, and unwanted at this most scared time in their lives. Having served their time, given their all to their owners, either by means of competition or breeding they find themselves alone at such a crucial time.. Age itself does not come alone and there are many age associated ailments that can affect not only our elderly relatives but also our horses. The creaky bones, arthritis, dental issues to name but a few.
Understanding and seeing a well kept veteran horse and an unkept veteran horse, takes a keen eye. It can be upsetting, but also rewarding when you learn sometimes the lengths that some owners will go to to make the latter years comfortable for our elderly. 




 
Did you know you can support our work, by making a regular donation. What difference will you make today ? 
https://www.communitiesforhorses.org/support-us
 


Amazing Supporters 

 

This month we have received some much needed funds from Emma Powe. Sophie Kendrick and Daniel Towers donated towards our fuel costs, as we have had a busy month with welfare calls. 
The regular donations that we receive from Holly Thomas, Sarah Smith and Jenni Nellist, assist us with our running costs, whilst attending calls. Without your continued support we would be unable to attend calls. 
We have very kindly be donated some items of saddlery, all ready to be cleaned by super Gwenllian Towers. All items that are donated, if unable to used within our remit will be advertised for sale, to raise essential funds. 

If you ,would like to run a fundraising event for us you, please let us know!
Alternatively, if you would like to donate, click on the link below:
https://www.gofundme.com/support-equine-welfare

 

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