An­i­mal Res­cue with Mar­ion Gar­nett

Ded­i­cated an­i­mal ex­pert Mar­ion Gar­nett, founder of the Eal­ing An­i­mal Wel­fare Bazaar, con­tin­ues her col­umn

Harefield Gazette - - ANIMAL NEWS -

THERE is an or­gan­i­sa­tion in the Nether­lands which ful­fils wishes for very ill peo­ple.

One woman, who had pre­vi­ously been an ac­com­plished horse rider, longed for a last ride on a horse. Their video shows her, very ill and very gen­tly, rid­ing on her stretcher on the backs of two horses in a spe­cial car­riage. It must have been won­der­ful for her to get that sense and smell of be­ing with horses again.

Last year, I had a won­der­ful af­ter­noon get­ting a sim­i­lar taste of the eques­trian world at the Blue Cross horse re­hom­ing cen­tre at Bur­ford.

Blue Cross cur­rently has more than 60 horses need­ing a home.

Al­though it’s not cheap, it’s not im­pos­si­ble to look af­ter a horse and live in Lon­don.

One of the ben­e­fits of get­ting a horse from Blue Cross is that they op­er­ate a mon­i­tored loan scheme. This means that al­though you are re­spon­si­ble for look­ing af­ter the horse and pay for its keep, Blue Cross re­tains own­er­ship of the horse. Ad­van­tages of this scheme in­clude that Blue Cross of­fers to help if you have any is­sues with the horse and if your cir­cum­stances change you can re­turn the horse to them.

All horses are in­di­vid­u­ally matched to ap­pli­cants.

Ge­orge and Trixie are cur­rently at Bur­ford wait­ing for a home.

At two years old, Trixie is a young­ster.

She is a sweet-na­tured young mare who has lots of grow­ing to do. Since ar­riv­ing at Blue Cross from the RSPCA she has re­ceived lots of han­dling and train­ing so is now good to han­dle for her age.

She is in­quis­i­tive and should make a lovely rid­ing or driv­ing pony in the fu­ture (but not just yet).

As she is still young, she needs an ex­pe­ri­enced home where ground work can con­tinue to pre­pare her for back­ing.

Ge­orge is 13 years old and can no longer be rid­den so is look­ing for a home as a com­pan­ion horse.

He gets on well with other horses.

He loves peo­ple and is al­ways first to the gate in the morn­ing to say ‘hello’.

If you are in­ter­ested in the long-term bor­row­ing of these or other horses from Blue Cross, call 0300 777 1570 or see blue­cross. org.uk.

The horse unit is ex­pect­ing the birth of sev­eral foals at Christ­mas.

If you can con­trib­ute to­wards a foal­ing cam­era to help them, see the Bur­ford Horse Unit Ap­peal Justgiv­ing site.

n HOMES NEEDED: Trixie (left) and Ge­orge (above)

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