Could you give a home to a horse?

Burton Mail - - News - By JENNY MOODY jen­nifer.moody@reach­plc.com @Jen­ny_­moody85

WHEN it comes to pro­vid­ing a lov­ing home for a horse it takes a spe­cial kind of per­son with the time and ded­i­ca­tion to pro­vide the nec­es­sary care.

The Blue Cross equine cen­tre, in Dove­cliff Road, Rolle­ston, cares for horses who find them­selves with­out a home through no fault of their own.

Becky Prince, the horse wel­fare su­per­vi­sor of op­er­a­tions, has worked at the cen­tre since 2007 and has seen it all over the years – from horses aban­doned in a street to own­ers at the end of their tether af­ter get­ting an­i­mals on a “buy one get one free” deal.

Some horses have been ema­ci­ated or left near death, oth­ers have be­havioural prob­lems and some are not what the owner wanted – so they end up home­less. This is where the Blue Cross comes in as the ded­i­cated team nurses them back to health, trains and finds them a lov­ing home.

The site cur­rently has 48 horses want­ing to find a home. Some are in need of train­ing and oth­ers will be a com­pan­ion to other horses.

Horses can be trained for rid­ing from four years old but the prob­lem the cen­tre has found is that many own­ers want to start be­fore this, which can cause a lot of health prob­lems.

At present, the cen­tre keeps the crea­tures out in the wild as much as pos­si­ble in a herd un­less there is a health or train­ing rea­son. Here are some of the horses that are look­ing for a home:

RAVEN

This stun­ning horse is seven years old and is look­ing for a home as a com­pan­ion pony.

She has not had the eas­i­est life af­ter ar­riv­ing at Blue Cross from an­other char­ity which res­cued her af­ter she was found roam­ing the roads aban­doned.

Raven was preg­nant when she was res­cued and has never been rid­den so will be a com­pan­ion horse.

She is de­scribed as be­ing sweet­na­tured and gen­tle and loves liv­ing with males or geld­ings.

Raven is happy to be alone for short pe­ri­ods of time which will make her an ideal com­pan­ion for a rid­den horse.

APRIL

Four-year-old

April is a real char­ac­ter and is look­ing for a home as a project pony. She is lucky to be alive af­ter com­ing to the res­cue cen­tre from a vets where she was a weak and ema­ci­ated foal but is now pro­gress­ing well, walk­ing and trot­ting. She has also been lightly sat on by a rider.

April has been to Equifest this year and won a rosette and is de­scribed as a sweet lit­tle mare who will make a great lead rein or all round rid­ing pony.

XENA

Xena is three years old and is a project horse set to be trained up for rid­ing when she turns four. She was born at the Blue Cross to a m a r e who had been aban­doned and was very poorly and weak.

Staff said she will make a great rid­ing or driv­ing pony as she is very brave in new sit­u­a­tions. She is also a lot of fun to have around and oozes po­ten­tial.

ICE GEM

This hand­some chap is four and a project horse. He ar­rived at the cen­tre when he was just six months old af­ter be­ing aban­doned with a group of horses and was very poorly.

As he was one of the smaller horses the owner did not want him to breed so he was sim­ply dumped.

Staff at Blue Cross say he is a sweet pony with a fun per­son­al­ity. He is also good to catch and lead and very good with the vet and far­rier.

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