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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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ERF would like to invite all their current members to the Annual General Meeting,which will be held on Friday April24th at Les Beaux, 16420, Saulgond.

Full details can be found on our website here. Please let us know if you intend to come along by the 17th April.

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Charity Vide Grenier

in aid of Equine Rescue France & Medecins sans Frontieres

To be held at Moulin du Lary, 17270, Cercoux

Saturday 2nd May 2-6pm

A great fun day out for all the family with refreshments available on the day

Pitches to be reserved by April 31st by contacting Christina on 05 46 04 91 77 or chris.hernon@aliceadsl.fr

ERF would like to thank  Christina (our chief fundraiser!) and also Mr Knox-Johnston for the use of his beautiful property for the day.

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Today we took Mimi to her new home in the Charente, where she will live with new donkey pal Napoleon. After a little trot about in her new paddock and a nose sniff with Napoleon, it was back down to the serious job of eating! We would like to thank Kayleigh and her mum for adopting Mimi and we hope they have much fun together in the future.

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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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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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