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Hugo enjoying a hack

Hugo enjoying a hack

Well the lovely Hugo has been in his adoptive home for a year now, and what a difference a year makes! His adopters are an excellent example of how to bond with a horse or pony that has suffered neglect and/or abuse. It is always worth taking everything that little bit slower and never asking too much too soon when a horse has had a bad start. When you build up their trust though you have a such a friend for life. Here’s a few words from Hugo’s ‘parents’…..

I cant believe how quickly time has passed.  Yesterday was our first anniversary of hugo’s arrival into our lives.  Despite having the flu, pippa and i went out for a celebration hack.

Looking back on the photos he seemed small and lost. I remember those first hacks (with us on foot at first, then pip riding and us walking).  He was really wobbly after about 15 mins so pip would get off and just lead him.  I felt rather proud that a 12 year old with a new pony was prepared to get off and walk because he was tired – she never complained once about having to walk him and rest him.

I guess yesterdays hack was proof of the pudding!  He has had a few days schooling over jumps in the paddock as the weather had at last been alittle kinder and the hack yesterday meant abit of a laugh and a play!  Hugo and Jasper went out like spring lambs they jostled for front place (its taken about 6 months to get hugo to confidently walk in front), they jiggled and skitted and shook their heads with joy when we let them canter up the grassy tracks.  To see our little hugo walk out with his ears pricked and a swing in his stride was wonderful.  We have seen a real change in him. Hugo and pip are very close.  He has helped her through some terrible times at school.  It’s amazing what a comfort a horse can be, i think its their huge phsyical presence and the eyes that seem to look past your face and straight into your heart.  He has been her rock and her teddy bear, but most of all her best friend.  I’m so glad you found him and had the courage to stand up to that man and fight for hugo.

Hugo and Friends

Hugo and Friends

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A Republican guard got thrown from his rearing horse yesterday in the centre of Paris. The horse then proceeded to go on the run dodging traffic for 15 minutes.

Both horse and rider sustained little more than minor injuries in a situation that could have been so much worse.

You can watch the clip here.

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After 3 weeks in ERF’s care Mimi is progressing well and last night she had her first experience of saddle,bit and long reins. Mimi was allowed to experience the feeling of having a saddle on her back in the safety of the round pen before we put on the bridle and long reins. Allowing equines the freedom to buck and move around at liberty with their first saddle is an important learning lesson in the backing process.

Each equine ERF rehabilitates is treated as an individual and is worked on sympathetically, never being pushed beyond the progress speed they happy to go at.

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‘Horse whisperer’ Adam Shereston will be appearing in St Priest La Feuille, La Souterraine (dept 23) on June 13th this year as part of a Summer gathering for people who all share a common interest- horses.

Adam Shereston

Adam Shereston

We will be there to talk about ERF and equine welfare in France and we also hope to be able to supply Adam with some ‘guinea pigs’ for the day in the form of some of our rescues.

Bring a picnic, drinks are provided. Places are limited so you’ll need to book now to avoid disappointment!

Tickets are 15€ each and can be purchased from Janet on 0555 631165 email janet@wiscombeart.com, or Lisa on 0555 634123.

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We are looking for a foster home for Wilbur and Piona whilst a permanent adoption home is found. They are both lovely donkeys and sociable with people. The foster home must have some form of shelter in the field, as they live out all the time.

For more details please contact us here

Best friends that need a home..

Best friends that need a home..

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With his big heart and generous calm nature, Goliath has found his perfect forever home helping youths at risk in the beautiful Carcassonne countryside.

It is little more than 2 weeks since we were first asked to find Goliath a home, and on Friday he went to live with his adopter, Wanda, who runs the Association Vivre a plein temps.

We wish them all the very best together and just know he is going to fulfill this  role perfectly.

Goliath and a new friend

Goliath and a new friend

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We received this very cute photo today of little Titos and his friend. Titos was saved by ERF as he was awaiting being sent to the butcher and was later adopted by Lisa & her family. What a lucky boy he is and what a good example of  a donkey pair bond!

Titos (left)

Titos (left)

Also doing well in his new home of 6 weeks is Accord. He has settled in well and is looking really happy thanks to Caroline and her family’s care..

Accord

Accord

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