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We are totally overjoyed that we have recently been awarded a grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. The money awarded will go a long way in helping us grow our organisation and do even more in the communities that we operate in. 
The above image is taken from our recent social media campaign, where we are raising awareness about the many horses and ponies that spend the winter months in barns or sheds.
All horses, and other equids, require a suitable environment under Section 9(2) of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. However, we are unfortunately seeing an increasing number of horses being confined in barns, often with little to no turnout time. The stables usually contain inappropriate bedding, (if there is any), so the horses become belly deep in their own muck. Many have little or no clean water, no clean dry area to lie down, the list of ways their needs are not met goes on.
Horses and ponies are just ‘existing’ – what quality of life do they have?
Just like humans, horses need to live a good, pain free, comfortable life. Living with 40+ other horses in close contact, in a barn with big bales of hay but no daylight, breathing the stench of ammonia, is not living. Horses living in these conditions, suffer from respiratory problems, botulism, worm burdens, ring worm, lice, thrush and other problems. Most recently there have been media stories of prosecutions from horses being kept in such squalor.
On the flip side, there are also horses that have lovely immaculate stables. The most expensive rugs that money can buy, the best quality feed and forage and every supplement and miracle product that hits the horse headlines; wet rooms, solariums and horse walkers too. However, although they might seem to be so well cared for, the confinement challenges their well being.
They cannot go and play with their horsey friends in the mud as the owners fear they will take a long time to groom. They cannot be turned out with friends for fear of getting injure or that they will churn up the precious overstocked grazing.

To us that would be like living like Julian Assange whom was hauled up in the Ecuador Embassy whilst in exile. All his immediate health needs were met but not his behavioural needs. Long term, with no freedom to leave, he was surviving not thriving.
Too often the horses kept in seemingly immaculate conditions, with shiny coats and input from endless streams of different professionals, are suffering. Many have painful ulcers, for which there is a huge variety of potential causes including limited turnout, changes in diet or routine, grain-based feeds, limited forage, intermittent feeding and even travel and competition. Many stabled horses also exhibit some really sad, behavioural coping mechanisms such as crib biting, box walking, weaving and in some situations self-harming. 
Where is the happy medium? Not providing a suitable environment for horses is a breech of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, there is guidance provided by many on how to give your horse the best that you can, yet still allow them to be a horse and not become a product to suffer because of our own human-centric interpretation of what horses need.
 
Bad welfare is bad welfare, no matter how much the livery bill is, where or how horses are kept.
 
Recently we have seen an array of posts on social media platforms from owners seeking barns, or any form of stabling, or shelter for horses through the winter months for rescue horses and posts advertising plush fully equipped yards with 24/7 supervision and web cams, yet no winter turnout. Are the horses thriving or surviving without freedom to be horses? To act out their natural behaviours?
 
We humans have domesticated the horse for our own purposes. We have genetically modified them, for speed, endurance and performance. Recognising that they are still horses and have a built-in desire and requirement to be allowed to be horses, is something that we must allow them and do everything in our power to achieve.
 
 
 
Sometimes bad welfare is not what we think it is. This is something that we at Communities For Horses discuss and have to deal with on a regular basis. Understanding welfare can be difficult, when you truly believe that one form of horse keeping differs from the other.
 
 
We are planning a informal coffee chat, “Lets Talk Welfare “, if this is something that you would be interested in attending, please do let us know and look out for the event news.
 
   

"Your support enables our equine welfare officer to visit places where horses might be kept in unsuitable conditions. We talk to the owners, suggest environmental enrichment and try to get across our message that welfare is more than just a shiny coat. "

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Fire Safety

We are deeply saddened by the recent barn fire in Swansea and loss of 5 horses. Our hearts go out to the owners at this tragic time. 

Below are some links to some fire / yard safety publications. We cannot stress the importance of routine risk assessments and checking for hazards. Do you have an evacuation procedure for your yard. If not put one in place, hopefully you will never need to implement it.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fire-safety-risk-assessment-animal-premises-and-stables 
https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/horse-yard-safety-and-security
http://file:///C:/Users/Owner/AppData/Local/Packages/Microsoft.MicrosoftEdge_8wekyb3d8bbwe/TempState/Downloads/RC10%20Fire%20Safety%20in%20Agricultural%20and%20Horticultural%20premises%20(1).pdf
 In Memory of  "A Little Hope"  

In Memory of ”A Little Hope " 10/09/19 

"A Little Hope", was a horse that I rescued back in 2012. She is a symbol of everything that both myself and everyone who works tirelessly in animal welfare represents. 
Abandoned at 4months old, so painfully thin she looked like a reindeer, full of worms, unable to stand, to weak to walk, she did not know how to eat or drink having been dragged from her mother and dumped to die. 
Somehow, we were destined to be together, not that I, that is Lisa, generally take my work home with me, she was an exception. Her prognosis on rescue was dire, so the least I could do was to give her a warm bed, love and the best chance possible. 
That chance lasted 6 years. On 10th September 2019, "A Little Hope", galloped over rainbow bridge, pain free and full of love.  The effects of her poor start, the indiscriminate breeding and conformation took its toll on her and I had to make the best decision for her. This was to surround her with love, as she had everyday since the day she found me, and let her go. 
She had the most amazing life with me and my herd, living amongst her 4-legged family, all thoroughbreds, she taught us so much. 
Having to be brave and make the best decision for her, was difficult but was the right thing to do. I had no right to be selfish and put her through intensive treatment, for the hope of having her maybe another few months, watching her struggle through winter. She had supporting limb laminitis, brought on by her back legs not being able to withstand her frame of 16HH.  (Not bad, since they said she would never grow). She had locking stifles. that no end of exercise regimes, walking or circuit training would alleviate. She had specialist trims, physio, x-rays, corrective farriery, even supportive non-invasive stick on shoes. Nothing was working to alleviate her muscular skeletal issues. 
Many of us are selfish, and continue no matter the cost to keep our loved ones. What I gave her, no amount of money could buy, that is my heartache at having to say goodbye.
But despite that I am proud that I was able to do that for her. Knowing that no matter how painful it was for me, it was what was best for her.
We all have to make difficult decisions in life, easing someone else's pain and discomfort. She had the best chance possible,that so many do not have. 
There are horses and ponies all around the UK, just like A LIttle Hope, bred for profit, or through ignorance, their lives shortened by greed and selfishness. Others don't have the chances that she had, or the lives. Some get abandoned when it becomes apparent that they don't make the grade, or too much to deal with, or the wrong sex. Some even when they can no longer perform, through injury or age. It is those that we strive to help, on a daily basis. To give them a chance and educate and try to change how our nation treats and abuses animals.  
We are a small organisation, but we do what we can, only with our passion for change and your support can we do this. 
"you cannot change the world by rescuing one horse, but for that one horse, it's world has changed forever."



 
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Amazing Supporters 

 

This month we have received some much-needed funds from Leah Millinship, Holly Thomas, Jenni Nellist, Sarah Smith and Sally Lovegrove - who all regularly support the work of Communities For Horses by making a monthly donation. 
We also have some collection boxes out and about in the local area, and the generous customers of Welcome Inn, Llanrhidian, recently collected  £19.17 and the very supportive Country Stores in Three Crosses collected £27.09 
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/communities-for-horses-winter
 

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