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Archive for May, 2009

In June last year, ERF rescued 3 female donkeys from a yard in dept 24 –  Lena, Belle and Nanette. We knew there was a possibility that any of them could be pregnant as they had been in with entires. Well this week Lena, who lives with Belle in the Vienne, gave birth to a beautiful healthy male foal. Lena’s guardian Jane, who has named the new foal Vinnie, arrived at the field just minutes after he had been born. Lena is naturally being very protective over her foal when Belle is around, but is happy for  humans to get close to him. Well done Lena!!

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As we think of booking our holidays to far away places,  or maybe even a break away closer to home here in Europe, please spare a thought for the equine workers in the tourist trade and help to prevent their suffering.

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Flies and eyes

Whilst we are all looking forward to the long  summer days this year, spare a thought for our equine friends who may not have quite so much to look forward to. Summer brings with it some unpleasant nasties, one in particular is flies…and a dangerous place for them to linger is around the equines delicate eye area. It can be quite distressing for some horses, who toss their heads about and rub their faces in an attempt to rid the pests. Flies are attracted to the  secretions from the eyes and can even lay eggs within the folds of the lower lids- this is something to look out for. Apart from infections caused by the flies themselves horses can also badly damage their eyes by rubbing on objects such as fence posts, shelters etc.

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Last month we reported about the outbreak of Equine Infectious Anaemia in the Vars region of France – see here.

Sadly, 11 horses who tested positive to EIA have now been euthanased. Read report here.
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We thought you’d like to see some new photos of ERF adopted ‘gentle giant’ Goliath, he is such a lovely horse and well suited to his role of helping children with difficulties…..

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We would like to say  thank-you and a big well done to Parlez vous Français and all the children who made arts and crafts to sell at market, raising 90€ for ERF!

Also, thanks to Anna Thompson for her help in this and good luck with the sponsored ride thats coming up soon.

If you can organise a fundraising event, get sponsored for doing something or can simply rattle a tin at functions, ERF would like to hear from you.

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Equine Rescue France is warning UK horse-lovers of the pitfalls of ‘rescuing’ French horses through so-called ‘French rescue’ websites. Purchasers are sought through emotional pleas made on these sites, claiming that the horses are in imminent danger of being transported on a horrendous journey to the Italian slaughterhouses and can only be saved by substantial donations by members of the public.

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