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Today ERF placed Maddy, Poppy (Maddys foal) and Elly (Maddys sister), with their new adoptive family Tracie and Dave and their 3 beautiful horses.

After a little encouragement, all 3 donkeys were loaded and heading off to their new home in the Haute Vienne countryside. Maddy and Elly are sisters of Asal that we re-homed last Sunday. We are very grateful that Tracie and Dave decided to offer all 3 donkeys a home, thus allowing this little family of girls to be able to stay together for life. Poppy the foal had never been handled until today, but whilst they were all still in the trailer we took the opportunity to get headcollars on and worm them all before letting them off.

Poppy happily jumps into her new field....

Poppy happily jumps into her new field....

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Asal and Boris have been introduced into the same field…

Not looking overly impressed with having to share here...

Not looking overly impressed with having to share here...

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A few weeks ago we were contacted by a lovely Dutch couple who were looking for a friend for their lonely donkey, Boris. We think we found the perfect match for him in Asal, a 4 year old donkey gelding of a similar breed and size to Boris. Asal’s owner had approached ERF last year to find loving homes for some of his donkeys, he wanted to ensure their future would be secure throughout their life by being under contract to an Association such as ERF. Yesterday Asal went to his new home in the Vienne, here is his arrival………

Boris eagerly awaits Asal to disembark from the trailer!

Boris eagerly awaits Asal to disembark from the trailer!

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AGM reminder

This is just to remind ERF members that today is the last day to tell us if you will be attending the AGM next Friday 24th.

You can email us at admin@equinerescuefrance.org to let us know

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ERF were contacted several months ago by the owner of this horse after he had received a terrible injury to his leg that would not repair. A small fortune was spent on vet’s fees by the owner trying to repair the leg. Unfortunately, the healing process had reached a stalemate and whilst still under veterinary supervision the wound continued to develop proud flesh. He twice had to have this all cut off under local anaesthetic, very distressing for both the horse and his owner. Understandably she was very worried about it happening again, as she did not want to put her beloved horse through even more stress and pain. Unfortunately, the vet could not advise her on a course of treatment to prevent the reoccurrence of the granulation. There is an article here explaining about proud flesh and how you can try and prevent it.

With difficult personal circumstances to contend with as well, the owner contacted us at ERF, asking for help. She had almost decided to have him put to sleep, as she felt it unfair for him to be in continual pain, and on continual box rest, with occasional limited turnout in a very small muddy walled area.
We advised on a course of treatment for the wound, and within a few weeks the wound had started to improve.
Jenny from ERF went out to visit him about a month ago, and assessed the wound and his mobility. At the time of injury, the vet had told her the tendons were severed, and that he would never be sound, let alone rideable. After seeing him walked about, he seemed stiff, but had good use of the limb.

This week, he was collected by Trina of ERF and took to Jennys yard in the Dordogne where he will be cared for until he is ready to go out to a guardian under our adoption scheme.

As you can see, he is a beautiful well bred horse with a kind disposition, and at 10 yrs old has a future ahead of him when he is sound.

Here he is today, turned out in the temporary isolation paddock and enjoying himself…

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A horse has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anaemia (Anémie infectieuse équine) following a Coggins test in dept. 83, Var.
The disease, spread by biting insects is often fatal in equines.
The equine that tested positive has now been euthanized. All equines in the immediate area have been quarantined, including the equines of Zavatta circus that are in the area. Any equine may be tested and subsequently euthanized, as AIE is an MRC (maladies réputées contagieuses).

Movement of horses in the area has been stopped and individuals are advised not to take their horses off their property.

Hopefully the regulations in place will ensure that this is an isolated incidence.

For more information on this outbreak and about the disease see the following links:

http://www.vetocheval.com/article.php?id=814

http://www.oie.int/wahis/public.php?page=single_report&pop=1&reportid=7989

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/eia/

http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/eia/q&a.htm

http://www.haras-nationaux.fr/portail/uploads/tx_dlcubehnshop/PAT_01_AIE_MAJ_10_04_01.pdf

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We’ve listed a few equine websites here that may be useful rescources for those of you in France:

The main horse body in France that deal with registrations amongst other things – Les Haras Nationaux

If you intend to compete- Fédération Française d’Equitation

The French national school of equitation- Cadre Noir de Saumur

Website with forum and info on all things Equestrian – 1cheval

French equestrian insurers – Assurance Cavalassur

The French state veterinary service – DDSV’s

Horse Trailers- Ifor Williams France

Equine online store – PADD

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