Archive for October, 2009

Whilst doing some research today I stumbled across an article where a miniature pony was being used as a guide for a blind lady.

pony for the blind (more…)


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Yesterday was a long and difficult day for us at ERF. We travelled down into Cantal, to Maurs, to monitor their autumn horse fair. It is one of the biggest horse markets in France, with the majority of the equines sold going into the meat chain.

The conditions and treatment of some of the horses was very shocking and disturbing to witness, with no apparent welfare regulations in place for the horses. We will publish our report on the blog once we have collated all our photographic and video evidence. We are more determined than ever to push for improvements to be made at the Horse Fairs such as these. For this, we will need to call on public support, so please watch this space, the misery these animals endure is unacceptable.

Awaiting her fate...

A horse yesterday awaiting it's fate...

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It’s only 66 days til Christmas, time to start thinking about presents for our family and friendsamazon

ERF has it’s very own Amazon Store where we have chosen lots of great gifts that we think you may like. Sit back from the comfort of your living room and do all your Christmas shopping in one go…..it’s so easy! And better still, with each direct purchase you make from the shop, ERF will earn commission, so in turn you’ll be helping the horses whilst you shop. If what you are looking for isn’t in the shop you can click on the Amazon logo on there and still earn ERF commission (or tell us and we’ll add the item to the shop to earn a better level of commission).

Long gone are the days when Amazon just sold books…you can now also buy:

Dvd’s/Videos/music – electrical items – toys – clothing/shoes – DIY – beauty  items – computer items – jewelleryhome & garden- horse wormers and equestrian equipment

Amazon have an excellent reputation as an online store, shipping items all over the world. New items are being added to the ERF shop all the time so keeping checking in.

amazon store

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We just wanted to say a big thank-you to Professor Derek Knottenbelt , for taking the time to offer his advice to us recently with a difficult welfare case we are dealing with.


Prof. Knottenbelt is a highly respected leading expert in equine oncology and dermatology and we appreciate him taking time out of his very busy schedule to offer such rapid email assistance to ERF.

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We couldn’t resist posting some photos of Brandy (formerly Gucci) and her new pal enjoying the sun this week.

(P.S Brandy is the one with the bigger ears!)

"errr...what are we supposed to be looking at?"

"errr...what are we supposed to be looking at?"


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The beautiful Cairanne has been on our website looking for an adopter for a few months now. Although she is 22 yrs old, she is in good health and could be lightly ridden by a competent person. Being good with other horses means she would also make a very good companion for a lonely horse or as a nanny to youngsters as she has been a broodmare herself in the past.

She is papered, microchipped and vaccinated and ready to be rehomed now.

Please contact us if you are interested in adopting Cairanne.

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After delivering Brandy (Gucci) yesterday I called in to visit Maddy, Ellie and Poppy –  the 3 donkeys that were adopted by Tracie and Dave back in April. These 3 donkeys are just the funniest threesome and follow each other around everywhere. They are an absolute credit to Tracie & Dave and look fantastic with their very shiny coats!

Poppy, Maddie and Ellie...treble trouble!

Poppy, Maddie and Ellie...treble trouble!

The beautiful Maddie

The beautiful matriarch, Maddie

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