New home for Clipper the horse
Chertsey: Clipper was abandoned in the floods and now lives in a new home in East Yorkshire
A HORSE rescued during the floods in Surrey this year now has a clean bill of health after a family adopted him. When he was two years old Clipper, a black and white Irish cob, was abandoned in the River Wey and found in a malnourished state. At the time of the rescue, an appeal was launched by Sarah and Katrina Lee, who run the Katz Dogz pet grooming service in Chertsey, and their housemate Tim Noble, who looked after Clipper along with another abandoned horse, in their back garden. The trio appealed to busi- nesses for supplies, such as feed, hay, straw, head collars, leads and horse rugs. Clipper has been taken on by a family that lives in Rudston, East Yorkshire and he is now a picture of healthiness. Clipper, born in July 2011, is owned by Lyn Byfield. Her daughter-in-law, Louise Brearley said: “He just needed fattening up, he was very under-nourished, not cared for and then abandoned. We are bringing him back up to strength, he was only young when he was abandoned. “He is now ridden by Mya, my four-year-old daughter, and follows my mother-in-law everywhere, he just wants to be with her. He must have been quite nervous at the beginning but she just loves him and he is like a big dog, constantly behind her.”
Clipper was initially cared for by the RSPCA until he went to Yorkshire. He was collected by the owner of The GG Centre in York, a horse-and-rider facility, and taken to the Brearley family. He was given his name by the RSPCA, as the River Wey is used by fast clipper boats. Clipper has been welcomed into the family and is ridden by all of the Brearley children, especially Mya. “Clipper has created a nice bond between my daughter and mother-inlaw and it gives them both a hobby,” Mrs Brearley added.
Clipper the horse enjoying his new home in East Yorkshire and, inset, with Mya.