Res­cued horses safe

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

SAY­ING good­bye to horses Onyx and Jasper is not as hard as when Miallo res­i­dent Bry­die Maro res­cued them.

Last Fri­day the Trop­i­cal North Horse Res­cue owner re­ceived two ne­glected horses which she re­named Onyx and Jasper and helped to bring them back to health.

The horses were lo­cated south of Moss­man and were housed on a prop­erty with not enough food and in­suf­fi­cient fenc­ing.

As a re­sult the horses were break­ing out and get­ting onto the high­way. Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil and po­lice were in­volved and the horses were set to be ‘‘dis­posed’’ of, un­til they were res­cued and treated for all of their ail­ments and re­ha­bil­i­tated.

Af­ter be­ing adopted, this week­end they are both go­ing to new homes to start new lives.

‘‘They were not en­tirely un­der­weight they just needed some love and TLC,’’ Ms Maro said.

‘‘I had my vet to do a once-over and a far­rier do their feet and make sure ev­ery­thing is hunky-dory.

‘‘Th­ese guys in par­tic­u­lar and a lot of res­cue horses that do come in still have a lot to give, they are not that old and with re­train­ing they will make re­ally nice rid­ing horses.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant to not cast away th­ese guys, they are ex- race­horses and just be­cause they’re slow on the race track it doesn’t mean they aren’t a plea­sure to ride and they would make good dressage horses.

‘‘They’re beau­ti­ful, in their prime and have beau­ti­ful el­e­gant faces.’’

Ms Maro is a strong be­liever in giv­ing horses a sec­ond chance in life and not putting them down, with her own Cly­des­dale res­cued.

‘‘He is worth his weight in gold, he is amaz­ing and I can put my four-year-old daugh­ter on him, he is gen­tle and good for other res­cue horses be­cause he is so calm,’’ she said.

‘‘There is al­ways a place for a horse and I’me there for the horses, I’ve had five res­cues in the past three years and it’s re­ally nice to see pho­tos of them now, to see how they’ve bonded with some­body.

‘‘Res­cue horses give a lit­tle bit more be­cause they’ve been through so much, they don’t take you for granted and don’t have a mean bone in their body.’’

Do­na­tions and sup­port are wel­come to help re­ha­bil­i­tate and re­house res­cued horses and pur­chas­ing item to help with fu­ture res­cues in­clud­ing up­grad­ing the fence, build­ing a round yard and pur­chas­ing a float. Trop­i­cal North Horse Res­cue has an ac­count with Moss­man Agri­cul­tural Ser­vices and can be found on Face­book.

SAY­ING GOOD­BYE: Bry­die Maro farewells Onyx and Jasper

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