Refuge steps in to rescue pair of neglected horses
HORSES have been rescued from a field on Maidstone Road in what has been described as one of the worst cases of horse neglect in Ashford.
The two horses were badly malnourished and had been reliant on fresh water, hay and carrots being given to them by passing horse-lovers for the past few weeks. They were due to be shot by their owner on Saturday morning before being rescued by the founder of Canterbury Horse Rescue, Martin King.
The grey mare, called Goose, and her companion, a bay gelding called Rodney, have now been taken to the refuge at Badlesmere in Faversham.
Mr King told the Kentish Express: “We have had about 80 residents concerned about the welfare of these horses and we’ve had about 400 phone calls checking that they are now doing well. When we got there with the police and a vet in attendance we just could not believe it. It is one of the worst cases we have had in many, many years. “We now have them in our care and we would like to thank every resident who called us. We’re hoping the animals will now pick up.” Mr King was able to successfully get the horses signed over to the refuge.
Yard manager at the sanctuary Stella King said: “Rodney, despite his terrible condition, is already showing he is a real fighter and staff and the charity vets Newnham Court are confident that they may well be able to rehabilitate both animals.”
One Ashford resident, who has been feeding the horses but did not want to be named, said: “They were severely malnourished and they need their teeth doing, their feet doing and they’ve got big bellies because they’re probably full of worms, which can kill them.”
“Although there is a lot of grass for them to eat, there’s no goodness in it. Plus they need fresh water and the trough down there is disgusting.”
Mr King said: “These animals never had any hard food and no clean water. We were very lucky we got there when we did but it is going to take about six months for them to get over this ordeal.”
The centre is now looking for donations or bags of hay and feed to help look after the animals. It is expected to cost about £5,000 each to get them back to health.
To find out more visit www.ca nterburyhorserescue.org or call 01233 740730.
One of the horses left in poor condition in a field on the A20 near the Drovers Roundabout