Archive for July, 2008

Hardly recognisable as the scrawny little roan mare and her black foal that we rescued from St Yrieix horse fair back in April….


This lucky pair have really come along and are looking superb now…so much so that it’s nearly time for Ruby to leave us for pastures new.

They are now so full of curiosity and a little bit of mischief, that when we turned our backs for a second on a recent visit, they decided to explore Jenny’s bathroom which backs onto their paddock. Needless to say, they were quickly returned to their own home! I guess we could say that they are house trained anyway…even if they didn’t wipe their hooves!

In the past 6 weeks whilst under Jenny’s care, the pair have had their feet trimmed, been wormed, vaccinated and microchipped. Ruby is still not 100% good with men so her new guardians would have to be aware of that. We aren’t sure what has happened in her past but she definitely prefers female beings (wise horse!).

If you would like to be considered as Ruby’s new Guardian please contact us at admin@equinerescuefrance.org


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This week we received a letter from the WSPA thanking us for our participation in the Handle with Care campaign highlighting the terrible long haul export of sheep out of Australia.

ERF are always glad to be able to participate in such important matters, here is the latest update we have received from the WSPA…….

“Over 20,000 letters/e-mails were sent by members of the public to embassies in many countries around the world. They ranged from the USA to Nepal, Hungary, South Africa, UK and Australia to name a few. We are still compiling all the data and there is no doubt that the number of people taking action will increase but I just wanted to update you on this initial response. It didn’t take long for embassies to respond to the action and their message seemed to be the same; they pledged to improve conditions and investing more money to improve the welfare of the animals transported. This is a step forward but we still want this cruel trade to be stopped. We will certainly be taking further steps to progress further on this campaign.”

Raúl Matamoros
Programmes Officer
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)

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As we have our next fundraising evening coming up soon on August 31st – the Irish night- we are appealing to anyone that may be able to offer a prize for the night’s raffle to please get in touch with us.

In the past our raffles have proved very successful and they are always an excellent end to a good evening!  

Contact admin@equinerescuefrance.org or Tel 05 45 30 06 16

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It’s always sad when our rescues leave us but so rewarding when we are able to place them in super new homes. Lena & Belle quickly found their way into new owner Jane’s heart and the past month Jane and her family have been busy preparing their new field ready for their arrival. Yesterday we delivered them to their new home in the Vienne and as you can see they are very pleased with it too!

Thank you and good luck with the girls…..we look forward to hearing all about their antics in the future!

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We have been contacted by Association AGAPE requesting our help for a mare in Saintes (dept.17) that will be going for meat if a home is not found before this Saturday.

She is 9 years old and although she has never been ridden she is well handled. Her price is 950 €.

If you could offer this horse a chance please contact either agape@nomade.fr or us at admin@equinerescuefrance.org .

UPDATE: Unfortunately we were unable to help this mare and so she left for the abattoir.

If you are interested in either helping raise funds or adopting yourself, please contact us at admin@equinerescuefrance.org .

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August 31st 2008

Performing will be popular Irish band ‘CRAIC’

Guinness available

Meal can be booked separately

All set in fabulous lakeside surroundings


Visit here for full details

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Feet part 2

The pictures pretty much say it all! Jim came back to work on Wilbur’s hind feet and to start Nanette’s treatment. Thankfully for everyone concerned it was a cooler day. Wilbur was dosed with Quadrisol but still found the whole experience difficult, whereas Nanette couldn’t have been calmer – as long as she had food on hand she was completely relaxed.
Wilbur before:
Wilbur hind          Wilbur fore
Wilbur hind and fore when we first rescued him

 And now….

Wilbur after

 And here’s Nanette;

The hoof had curled all the way under her foot and had to be carefully trimmed back to reveal her sole….
Nanette- underneath of hoof beforeNanette - underneath after 

Nanette hind and fore after:Nanette - hind after

Nanette front after 


Both donkeys will require regular and careful trimming for several months but we are all hopeful that the hooves will begin to grow back normally.

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