Refuge steps in to res­cue pair of ne­glected horses

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Thom Mor­ris tmor­ris@thek­m­group.co.uk

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.

Pic­ture: Gary Browne PD1705065

One of the horses left in poor con­di­tion in a field on the A20 near the Drovers Round­about

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