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Our 2 beautiful Trotters have now been with us for 2 weeks, and what a change we have seen in them already. Today they came in for a groom (which they adore!) a trim up and probably their first ever taste of being rugged up. The weather is set to turn bitterly cold this next week and as we are trying to keep weight on the girls we thought they’d benefit from being rugged up. They are moving so much better on their feet now and seeing them play about in the field together like a couple of youngsters is truly heartwarming. These girls have such wonderful kind temperaments and are sure to make whoever adopts them extremely happy.

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ERF were contacted by the DDSV in dept. 86 to intervene in a sad welfare case where the owner of 2 horses had been taken into hospital, terminally ill. The horses, 2 lovely French Trotter mares, had received very little care for many years. The evidence of this was shockingly revealed to us when a representative for ERF initially went to visit the horses last Monday. She found the mares wading around in a yard of stinking mud and manure with horrendously overgrown feet, looking very sorrowful.

10 yr old Lily's hooves

16 yr old Marcy's hooves

When we went to collect the girls last Thursday we were greeted by 2 very timid mares who were wary of having any human contact, understandable seeing as they hadn’t had any for such a long time….that was heartbreaking to see. Once we managed to catch them, we had to walk them out of the manure filled yard they knew as home, into the trailer, it was obviously very painful for them having to manouvere on a hard surface but they both behaved so well. They then came back to our  Charente yard where the mares, now named Lily and Marcy, could settle down and relax in a warm straw bed.

This past weekend the farrier visited to cut back many years of neglect to their extremly overgrown feet. He too was very shocked at how long their feet were and also at the layers of caked on manure he had scrape off of the hoof wall. They were so patient and obliging, almost knowing that what we were doing for them was for their own good. To see them with trimmed feet afterwards was a big releif and we were soon able to turn them out onto some grass, something they hadn’t done for a very long time. Seeing them able to trot and canter around a field once more was very emotional for us, it’s what makes our sometimes very difficult and tiring job all the more worthwhile.

How tragic that these horses, who had once been cared for and had a trotting career behind them, had been left for so long without even the basic of care given. The road to recovery has now started for Lily and Marcy, but we will have to spend out many more euros on them in future farrier visits, vaccinations,worming, also Marcy needs a large hanging sarcoid removed from her chest…this is without taking into account hay and feed for the winter. The mares will never now be parted and will eventually be rehomed with an adoptive family.

If you can, please help by donating a few euros towards the care of Lily, Marcy, Mimi or Leon..all of who are cared for by ERF’s team voluntarily.

Watch their video here….


Lily and Marcy, French trotter welfare cases

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Please take a few minutes to look at our equines that are still waiting for their forever homes to come along.You can see their their photos on the right hand side of this page or go to our rehoming page for more info on each of them.

If you do not have the facilities or experience to take on an equine yourself, maybe you would consider donating something towards their costs whilst in our care? Mimi has now been with us 8 months awaiting for an adopter to come forward. Leon is still receiving treatment on his leg injury that he came to us with and so will not be able to be rehomed for some time. Our aim is always to rehome equines into permanent homes as soon as we can, but in cases like the above it sometimes isn’t possible. With the onset of winter just around the corner, and potentially more equines than ever needing our help this winter, please help us so that we can continue to help them.

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This week we started the backing process on ERF mule, Mimi.

So far so good…..she’s accepted saddle plus crupper, bridle with bit, long reins and tonight I lent over her for a few seconds. We are thrilled she is turning from a mule with ‘Attitude’ into a sweet little mule at long last!

Anyone interested in adopting Mimi can contact admin@equinerescuefrance.org , there is more info on Mimi on the rehoming page of our website.

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getting the hang of long reining

Getting used to having someone above her

Getting used to having someone above her

"Err....why are you standing on a box??"

"Err....why are you standing on a box??"

Accepting some weight in the saddle...

Accepting some weight in the saddle...

Making sure Mimi knows I'm on the other side too!

Making sure Mimi knows I'm on the other side too!

A bit more weight on her back....

A bit more weight on her back....

Wahay! A few steps with my full weight on her back!

Wahay! A few steps with my full weight on her back!

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William enjoying some respite from the heat of the day

William enjoying some respite from the heat of the day

Accord enjoying a doze in the shade

Accord enjoying a doze in the shade

The gorgeous little Jenna

The gorgeous little Jenna

Balto doing what he does best!

Balto doing what he does best!

Goliath taking a photo shoot all in his stride

Goliath taking a recent photo shoot all in his stride

The inseperable Poppy,Maddy & Elly

The inseperable Poppy, Maddy & Elly

It's amazing what care & love can do...the beautiful Hug

It's amazing what care & love can do...the beautiful Hug

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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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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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