Grace and Ruby

We have Grace and Ruby both looking for new homes again. They are currently in the North Dordogne near Piegut Pluviers. GRACE It has unfortunately taken us 10 weeks to get her back to looking reasonably presentable and in good health after her previous adopters badly neglected her. It’s very frightening how fast a big horse can lose weight and condition in the space of three months. We...
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Toni Veitch, who ran BankEnd Rescue in Selby, is one who was a staunch supporter of those who were importing horses from the French abattoir queues. She was given ‘rescued’ horses by the Essex dealer who herself neglected many. We were shown photographs of the state of several of the horses whose condition brought this court case to bear, and I have rarely seen worse states of...
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Great news from Spain – a Spanish Bullfighter has become the first to be reprimanded and fined for abuse of a horse. Admittedly the fine is negligible, but hopefully this will set a precedent. This is the link, and a google translation of the text...
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Not so long ago, somebody came up with the very clever but also simple idea of linking dinner/supper parties. The basic premise is one lovely kind person invites another five lovely kind people round for a meal, and stands the cost of that meal themselves. Each guest pays the host(ess) a fiver for the evening, and that money goes to ERF. Each of those five people has then to host a meal for...
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This SKY NEWS article is a must read for anyone who breeds indiscriminately, or passes on older or lame horses – Turner’s Abattoir, Cheshire is where many of these horses end up. The answer is not no slaughterhouses, but more that are regularly and diligently policed by welfare bodies. This is happening because these abattoirs are inundated with more unwanted animals than they can...
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This is the link from the Italian Horse Protection Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/notes/ihp-italian-horse-protection-association/parma-cavalli-tenuti-in-pessime-condizioni-intervento-di-ihp-e-striscia-la-notiz/530579993636934 – the rough translation is below. It has to be the classic situation where ignorance in the end becomes ill treatment:  there is no other explanation as to...
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Yvelines is situated on the Western boundary of the Parisien region Ile -de-France. There have been three new outbreaks of EHV-1. The pin marks the centre of Yveslines, not the outbreak location. The copy on this page is from the AHT link below. http://www.aht.org.uk/icc/Interim_Report16_october12.html   Interim Report – October 2012 #16 (26.10.12) France Equine Herpes Virus-1 (EHV-1) –...
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MIMI moves Mansions!

Mimi is the luckiest little mule in France – after viewing her fig tree antics, Wanda (who has the gorgeous Knaven) finally succumbed to Mimi’s charms and decided she would adopt her! We at ERF couldn’t be happier! Mimi is a very special person, and needs someone with a lot of experience who will understand and enjoy her little quirks. Wanda and Vanessa fit the bill perfectly,...
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Yesterday, we received some photos of one of our superstars, Goliath, who has been in his home with Wanda for a few years now. I asked Wanda to write a little bit for us, and she very kindly obliged immediately, and sent us back this piece.     Hello all, I’ve adopted Knaven from the ERF in february 2009, he’s a big Clydesdale, since he has been working with us and my other...
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Ebony’s laminitis is well under control, there has been no sign of an attack, or any problems whatsoever with her feet since she arrived in January. The farrier is very happy with her progress. She has had a wolf tooth removed so is now ready to have a bit her mouth to be started for riding. Ruby will be started at the same time. They are both still looking for their forever homes. They...
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Unfortunately, yet again our gorgeous Shetlands are in need of a new home. There has been a change in their guardian’s circumstances, and they’re now in short term foster care with one of the ERF team. These adorable, loving and very gentle natured ponies deserve to be in a “forever” loving home where they can live out the rest of their lives peaceful and happily. Merlin...
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Due to a change of circumstances and relocation abroad for their previous guardians, Ruby and Ebony have come back to the Dordogne for a short while. They have their own little paddock and barn, next door to my horses and Mimi. Madge is totally besotted by them, she’s gone all moon-eyed, and is desperate to be their friend. Ossie, although initially indifferent, is now furious at her...
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Mimi Moves House!

Mimi is still looking for a new permanent home, but in the meantime her education will continue here. As she came off the lorry, both my horses – who have never seen a mule before – were astonished at her. Especially when she talked, as she sounds like nothing they (or I) had heard before – eyes on stalks all round at the big-eared girl with the voice of a hoarse dog! She...
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Molly and Merlin

Our gorgeous Shetlands, have moved to pastures new. Unfortunately we had to take them back from their previous guardian as he had not fulfilled the necessary health care for the ponies. It never ceases to amaze us that people will happily accept the conditions of a contract, sign it, and then blatantly ignore their obligations. Luckily our contract ensures we can take any equine back if the...
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A couple of years ago, we at ERF fought a long and difficult battle with the ‘rescue’ sites in the UK, trying to explain to them that most of the French ‘rescue’ sites were merely fronts for dealers, and the ludicrous prices being paid for very sick and sorry animals, or youngstock, were simply lining the pockets of dealers who laughed all the way to the bank. ERF has...
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