HorseWorld rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes up to 100 abandoned, neglected and mistreated horses every year and is now responsible for over 140 horses, ponies and donkeys at its Whitchurch site.
Once horses are rehabilitated, a process which can take years, they are given hope of a new home with a loaner. The rehoming arm of the charity is ever busy and over time the charity has found suitable homes for over 300 horses and ponies, all of which have been rehomed in the South-West to allow for speedy home checking and regular ongoing visits.
The work of the charity is made possible by donations, on which HorseWorld is reliant.
Many of the horses that are rescued cannot be shut in stables as they are relatively unhandled and will panic. As herd animals, horses also tend to be happier and healthier when kept in groups and allowed to mingle with each other rather than kept individually. The rehab barn is an area where rescued horses can chill out and relax together. Most have come from backgrounds of neglect or mistreatment so need an area where they can choose to come in or go out as they wish and have some time out.
The rehab barn needs a lot of work. The relentless rain and storms last year took its toll on the old building. Outside the barn is an area that desperately needs concreting. In the winter the fields can get very wet so an all-weather turnout area is a must so they can come off the grass but not be cooped up in stables. This isn't the only area that needs attention though. The farm's fencing was originally all put in around the same time so it has now all seen better days. Replacing fencing, refurbishing agricultural buildings and laying concrete can be an expensive business. With the rescued horses being kept over 180 acres, that's a lot of fencing that needs replacing!
Please come to the charity's open day on Oct 4th and see the charity's work for yourself http://bit.ly/1pp48m1
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