Animals settling in to their new home
A HORSE sanctuary has arrived in Wittersham on a grand scale.
Sara Ross has moved The Horse Refuge from Essex to Dobell Farm in Wittersham – a hefty operation that saw more than 150 animals transported to their new home.
She said: “As well as horses, we have geese, ducks, chickens and a goat called Colin.”
But it is the horses that dominate as Mrs Ross endeavours to restore to health and to rehome most of them.
“We have 40 permanent residents who have been so badly abused – so seriously traumatised that they are not rehomeable. We are fostering a couple of hundred others.
“Horses come in all the time – this year particularly because of the credit crunch.
“People can’t afford to look after them.
“The sensible people will contact the sanctuary, but some horses are left starving in a field.”
Mrs Ross describes the scale of horse abuse as “an incredible amount of mistreatment” and relies heavily on donations to keep going.
Among her horses – “I’m very proud of all of them and they look beautiful” – is Duke, the biggest horse in Europe.
“He is 19.3 hands,” she said. “We saved him from going to France.
“He came from the Peterborough area. We get them from all over the country.”
While the work is constant and hard, Mrs Ross feels that the result is worth every minute.
She said: “You see them come off the lorry and they look broken, they don’t trust you and you can’t touch them.
“Then, when you gain their trust and they are restored to some sort of life, it is fantastic.”
People are welcome to visit The Horse Refuge and to sponsor a horse.
For more information ring 01797 270555 or visit www.thehorserefuge.org
Sara Ross and Duke, the biggest horse in Europe