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Babies, Babies, Foals Everywhere 

Best wishes to Harry and Meghan on the birth of their baby, an appropriate time for a new birth with fields full of lambs and foals! However, while most births are welcome, the equine industry still struggles with high numbers of  foals being bred indiscriminately.

Images of foals, with parrot mouths, knocked knees and other deformities are flooding social media. At  Communities For Horses we work with horse owning communities to address indiscriminate breeding, which we can only do with your assistance. One thing that has cropped up time and time again is the need of knowledge of when to call a vet in order to help your mare if she is struggling to foal.  We have been advised of some pretty horrific incidents that have occurred in the last couple of weeks that are extremely upsetting. We continually monitor areas where there are high numbers of horses in foal due to rogue colts being allowed to run uncontrolled among herds of mares. The images above are just some of the cases we have worked with; a mare and foal, on barren land with no water, the mare barely able to feed to her baby; the other a colt, with a large facial growth like a tennis ball on the side of his face, just discarded on a patch of land in a housing estate.  
Our presence in these communities is solely reliant on your goodwill and donations to cover the cost of fuel and essential kit, biosecurity measures, first aid and phone calls.

 

This month we have been working collaboratively with the Donkey Sanctuary to help six donkeys. We have advised the owners about care, diet and, most importantly, the environment This includes discussing castrations and compliance to equine identification and prevention of suffering and disease, by means of dental care and inoculations. 
People can be quick to negatively judge others and the way they keep their horses. However, meeting horses' welfare needs is not as simple as first impressions might suggest - love is not enough and horse welfare can be compromised in the smartest of stables. Horses across all sectors of equestrian society can have welfare issues not just urban horses. We work with owners in our local community to improve the welfare of the horses in their care.
The Importance of Appropriate Rescue 
 
As many of you may have seen or heard we are a registered charity operating in Wales, UK. We have qualified members of staff who are extremely experienced in all aspects of animal care and welfare.  

Currently, there is an increase in kind-hearted people setting up rescue centres and doing what they can to make lives better for the horses in their care. However, we cannot emphasize enough the importance of also supporting the organisations that have qualified teams of staff, registration and governance. We are part of an organisation called Animal Welfare Network Wales, which is currently working very hard to attain registration of all sanctuaries in Wales. This is something that we have been extremely passionate about for some time as in many of the cases, do the animals know that they have been rescued? Taking animals from one bad situation and placing them in an alternative bad situation is not rescue. Rescue requires appropriate knowledge, funds, environments and experience. Saving a starving horse from hunger and feeding it as much as he/she can eat, is not rescue.
Potentially the last supper .
The consequences of feeding a horse all they can eat can have potentially life threatening complications and is known as re-feeding syndrome. In the early days, colic can be a big worry, (weakness, paraesthesia, tremors and coma); cardiac abnormalities, including arrhythmias further down the line, other consequences such as neurological issues especially when being wormed. The sudden influx of nutrients and vitamins going into the system of a starved horse could ultimately result in death. This can sometimes happen months down the line, when all appears to be well - there one minute gone the next. So when we see images of starved horses with an array of bucket feeds, we are extremely concerned. 
There are a huge number of considerations to be thought about before taking action when rescuing a horse. For example, Who is the horse owned by? Is the horse fit to travel? Is it legal to travel the horse or pony? Is the horse compliant with equine identification regulations? If the horse has been abandoned has the local authority been informed? There are so many rules, regulations and procedures that must be followed. These have been put in place to ensure the safety of the animals that are being rescued and to protect them from further suffering through falling into the hands of ill-intentioned or inexperienced groups of well-intentioned people. On this note, we reiterate that should you have concerns for a horse in your area, please contact an appropriate, registered organization, one that is experienced and well governed. This way the animal will know that they have been rescued....

You don't know what you don't know? 

We are extremely fortunate to have a fully qualified, experienced team of staff who are trained to identify and deal with different types of both physical and mental abuse towards equines. We can we identify the problems and educate the owners; some people genuinely do not know that what they are doing has a detrimental effect of their horses. Others know that they are causing their animals to suffer but think that they can get away with it - which unfortunately they do, due a lack of enforcement, evidence gathering, legislation and guidance. We are innovative in our approach to working with horse owners and we are exceptionally proud of our achievements.  We like sharing our insight with you and others to make a better place for those whom we choose to have in our lives. 

Amazing Supporters 

 

This month we have received some much needed funds from the following amazing supporters:

  • Liam Millenship - Leah kindly donates to support our phone line. However with an increase in awareness, our costs have increased so not all our costs are covered at the moment.
  • The regular donations that we receive from Holly Thomas, Sarah Smith and Jenni Nellist, contribute to the transport costs incurred whilst attending welfare call. Without your continued support we would be unable to attend calls. 
  • Sarah Bunce, we are humbled by your recent expression of support for our work. We are so grateful for every donation we receive. Everything goes towards helping horses,
  • We have also sold items of re saleable brick a brac, and raised, £42.00. If you have something that you wish to donate please contact us. 
Ways to Support Our Work ?

Make a regular donation: Give as your earn, save on your tax ! 
 
https://www.gov.uk/donating-to-charity/donating-straight-from-your-wages-or-pension

Brick a Brac , we can resell your unwanted items, costume jewellery, toys and games. We do not have a a charity shop, but we use social media forums to sell items to raise essential funds. Please contact us for further information as to what we and cannot accept.
 
C
ake stalls, are you the Mary Berry of your neighbourhood?  Consider a cake sale, at work, at school at your local village fate or  carnival. 

Sponsership: Our Team Member Bethan Mathews is riding 1500 km in June this year. We are very fortunate to be one of the recipients of donations received. You can donate here. 
https://www.justgiving.com/companyteams/welshborder



Each welfare call requires further investigations, via phone calls and visits, some more so than other. We liaise with appropriate authorities and have a zero tolerance for compromised equine welfare, where direct actions are required, the costs increase. Evidence gathering and working partnerships unfortunately cost more. We need your help and support to make a difference. No amount is too small, it's that you care, which makes the difference. 

Fundraise for us: 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

https://www.gofundme.com/support-equine-welfare
We are still in search of a forever home for Holly. Despite our plea for Holly to have her own family  reaching 1000's of followers, we have received very few serious leads. 

Holly remains in the care of Bethan, until she finds her forever home. Would you consider a regular donation to assist us with the costs associated to keeping Holly, happy and healthy? Her daily care and routine is paramount and costly. These costs can only be covered with your support. We thank you kindly for assist us with this. 
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