New home for Clip­per the horse

Chert­sey: Clip­per was aban­doned in the floods and now lives in a new home in East York­shire

Surrey Herald/News - - FRONT PAGE - by Amani Hughes amani.hughes@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

Pic­tures: Louise Brear­ley

Clip­per the horse en­joy­ing his new home in East York­shire and, in­set, with Mya.

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