Archive for April, 2010

We thought Nanette deserved a post all of her own as the transformation in her from the neglected little donkey we rescued in June 2008, is nothing short of inspirational! Those of you who remember Nanette will also remember the dreadful state her feet were in, they had been neglected for many years.

X-ray of Nanettes foot on arrival

After x-rays were taken of her feet to assess whether she has any pedal bone rotation, the arduous task  began of trying to get her feet back into a decent state again. We thought that it was important to show you just what can be acheived with these rescued equines with time and care.

These were her feet on arriving with ERF….

Nanette Front feet

Nanette hind feet

And now…..

Nanette front feet

Nanette hind feet

We would like to thank Nanettes wonderful adoptive mum Caroline who has given this very special donkey so much time, patience and love since she has been with her….and also credit must go to her wonderful farrier!


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We always love hearing how our adopted equines are getting on with their new families and this month we have these lovely photo updates for you….

Belle on the Left

Belle is getting on really well in her new home having an important role as a companion (and eating of course!)

Balto behind and little Jenna in front

Balto & Jenna have just had their annual check up with the dentist. Balto is sporting a very smart fly rug as he suffers from a touch of sweetitch.

Columbus at the back

Columbus and his new friend Jac playing chase!


A happy and relaxed Goliath is still helping children with emotional problems in the South of France

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After wreaking havoc in the north of France, the often fatal condition, atypical myopathy , has now claimed the lives of yet another five horses within a few days in the area of Ham (Somme). Two cases were reported in Saint-Gobain and a third suspected case is near-Frières Faillouël.

Affected animals exhibit symptoms such as weakness, stiffness, difficulty or refusal to move, stand up, sweating localized or generalized, abnormally dark urine, difficult breathing, temperature below 37 ° C. Foals and young horses are most susceptible.

Dr Catherine Neve explained  “I think the disease will still develop. We are in the red zone. All equine professionals are alerted. It is very cold at night and very hot during day, this may be a vector for the disease. “
In the night from Sunday through to Monday, Anne Tardieu from Monchy-Lagache, was forced to have her three horses put to sleep because of this condition. If you notice abnormal behaviour in your horse like the above, or as mentioned in our earlier blog post on Atypical Myopathy and you are in any doubt, call your vet.

French news article

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Thank you!

To oPlease donateur wonderful supporter who gave us a very unexpected donation – one we hadn’t had to beg for or spend hours ‘earning’. As you can tell, donations rarely happen in the ERF world but they make a huge difference to our ability to follow up on welfare cases and campaign to improve welfare standards. Every cent of this donation will be used to help us make a difference, here on the ground in France.

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We’d like to say a huge thank you to those that attended the quiz night at Harvey’s restaurant and bar in Montcaret last Friday. ERF supporter Helen Barnes and other attendees on the night raised a fantastic 75€, which will go towards our fund to buy a specialist camera for our investigations work.

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Two more cases of EIA have been found (30th of March this year) in Prigonrieux, in the DORDOGNE.
The outbreak in Prigonrieux is epidemiologically linked to the index outbreak (outbreak in Montcaret) since the infected horse in the index outbreak came from the outbreak in Prigonrieux.
The two horses have been removed from the premises, and will be euthanased. The remaining 19 horses will be subject to further tests.

The WAHID REPORT has all the current information.

There is currently no further information on the type of premises, and likelihood of spread risk. Information on EIA is available on the Montcaret link above.

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