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Communities For Horses Newsletter January 2019
 
2018 was an amazing year for us at Communities For Horses. We  became a registered charity and made so many new friends. We now have over 1000 supporters on social media, our Facebook posts are often reaching more than 15,000 people and liked and shared by 100s and we are on Twitter and Instagram. 
 
We have worked in collaboration with Swansea City Council and Neath and Port Talbot Council to respond to welfare calls. Since our set up we have responded to 58 welfare calls,arranged for one lucky chap to go into a rescue after being abandoned and tied to a lamppost https://bit.ly/2FAatPT , took charge of the care and rehabilitation of holly, noted below.  and through educating the owners we are hopeful that we improved the lives of the horses in their . We worked with the statutory authorities and were able to take responsibility for rescuing and rehabilitating two horses. We supported a teenager who struggles in main stream education - the student attended our rented premises regularly for a course of sessions, which included learning about horse care, and positive compassionate handling and training. 
In all, 2018 was a rewarding year, where we know we have made a difference. We have visited once dark, damp and dingy stables and found them now painted a fresh white. We have seen owners follow our advice to provide enrichment for stabled horses - adding hanging toys, bobbing apples and ad lib hay. Small but important changes reflecting an increased understanding of the need to improve the care of horses. We also facilitated vet visits where necessary.  
 
2018 saw us become members of  the British Horse Council (BHC), Swansea City Volunteer Services (SCVS) and most recently Animal Welfare Network Wales (AWNW; membership kindly donated by our wonderful chair person Sophia Salmon). 

We are so grateful for all the support in 2018 and look forward to sharing our journey with you in 2019. 
An insight from one of our Trustees - Daniel Towers
 
I am proud to be a trustee of Communities For Horses. I have no background in matters equine, and am a software engineer by trade. So, you may well ask, why are you a trustee of an Equine welfare charity? I first met Lisa, who is the driving force behind CFH, when my daughter became a beneficiary of the services offered by a local charity called the Community Horse and Pony Scheme (C.H.A.P.S). She was having a tough time in school, and C.H.A.P.S allowed her the opportunity to spend time with these majestic animals, and to learn to care for them. This regular contact, and the kind and caring environment  promoted by Lisa, the other staff and volunteers became a real support to my daughter through a difficult period.
 
Unfortunately, the trustees managing C.H.A.P.S decided to dissolve the charity, and this valuable work came to an end; along with all the other benefits offered by the charity to the local community. At this point Lisa, determined not to let down those people and animals in the local community depending on the service of the charity, began the long an difficult process of setting up a new charity to continue with the work. I was approached and asked if I would consider being a trustee of the new charity, as I understood the value of the work, not just in the interests of the animals whose welfare was being improved, but also the human benefit. I was slightly concerned at my lack of equine knowledge, but at the end of the day, the paradigm behind the charity was something  I could get behind enthusiastically.
 
For me, communities for horses is so much more than just an equine welfare charity. I believe that we, as human beings, have a responsibility to care for this world we have been given to live in, and to treat all living things with care, dignity and respect – and CFH certainly provides support, education, care, and where necessary, routes to enforcement to ensure that horses are well cared for. But more importantly, I also believe we have a responsibility to care for each other. CFH helps people as much as it helps horses. It’s in the name – Communities (which is the people bit) for Horses (which is the horse bit). Urban horse ownership often goes hand in hand with some of our most vulnerable and marginalised members of society and their communities. This puts CFH in a unique position to build relationships and trust with these communities, and to gain access where other public bodies find it difficult to offer any real help. CFH has real potential to impact on the lives and welfare of people living in these communities for the good, as well as the welfare of their animals.
 
By providing regular in-community contact, support, education and a listening ear, many people have already been helped, and in turn have been better able to care for their own animals. My observation from my daughter’s involvement with horses is that they have an unrivalled ability to give as much back to people as people give to them. Working with horses, having a responsibility, something living to care for can be a real help to people suffering with depression, anxiety, PTSD or other social or behavioural problems. A horse is an intelligent animal which has the ability to form a relationship of trust with a person. This makes them an invaluable asset in the toolbox of treatments for those suffering with some of these issues.
 
I am proud to be a trustee of CFH, because it’s dealing with, improving and through education, having a long-term impact on one of our worst local animal welfare problems; and also because it is genuinely improving the lives of local people and the communities that they live in.
 
I would also like to say that I am delighted to work with the other trustees, staff and volunteers of CFH, who are completely passionate about what they do; and are not only driving things forwards in the Swansea and South Wales area, but are also having an impact nationally and internationally in the equine welfare world. I believe that the paradigm behind CFH is valuable, and worth spreading far and wide, as it is a paradigm that tackles the root causes of these problems through education. This means that hopefully, in the future there will be less need of sanctuaries, and rescues because the animals are being properly cared for in their communities.

Another milestone reached

This is an auspicious newsletter for us. We have been working hard on preparing tender bids to submit the Local Authority to enable us to deliver training to NEETs students. Providing education to horse owning  and non-horse owning members of our community is something we are very passionate about.
 
The quote "Right beneath the surface are the seeds of possibility waiting for the right conditions" by Sir Ken Robinson illustrates what motivates us. We can and do create the right conditions to enable change. This is only achievable with a truly dedicated team of Trustees and Advisors and most importantly your support, you are pivotal to our  journey in making change happen. 
 
We have received notification that we have won a tender, up until 2022. We are so excited about the opportunity to work with students to ultimately have a role in preventing welfare problems through education and to help the students lead a compassionate life.
Meet Holly
 
We would like to introduce you to the gorgeous Holly, who will be up for rehoming soon. In July 2018 we assisted a  local authority with an ongoing investigation and Communities For Horses took charge of Holly, as part of our collaborative working. 

Sadly Holly had a low body condition score and was suffering from the affects of pressure sores and severe thrush causing lameness. She has now been fully rehabilitated and is proving to be an outstandingly lovely mare. She has undergone a nutrition programme for weight gain, has had access to 24/7 turnout with a large field shelter, regular farriery and treatment for her thrush. She has been assessed by an equine physiotherapist and dentist. With all the care and attention she has been recently passed as being fit for work by our vets and is currently on a disease prevention inoculation programme in line with jockey club rules. Holly is slowly returning to work and will make someone an amazing equine partner. We would like to thank Bethan Mathews for all her hard work in getting Holly back to being fit, healthy and pain free.

Communities For Horses advocates that prevention is better than cure. Should you or someone you know be struggling with caring for a horse please seek assistance before its too late. Asking for help is the most courageous thing any individual can do for themselves and their horses.

**FREE**

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.

 

Amazing supporters 

 

We have received some much needed funds from Squiggles and the Smith family, Holly Thomas, Katheryn Thomas,  Deborah Luff, Jayney Casper, Debbie Williams, Jenni Nellist and  Liam Millenship  Thank you so much. 
We also put out an appeal when our mobile phone had a tumble and Dave West very kindly donated one to us, This is an essential bit of kit. Thank you all so much. 

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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