Enduring Disregard

                After the global outcry about the equine abuse witnessed at Compiègne (as detailed in the previous two blogs) five attending French vets wrote an open letter to the FEI stating their fears about the direction the sport of Endurance has taken. The Group 7 countries (Middle East), who appear to have winning at any cost (financial or equine)...
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Enduring Attrition

Following on from Monday’s blog about the sorry state of a horse competing at Compiègne, here’s a rough breakdown of the completions versus non completions for the two International competitions. 2* 121 starters 60 completed 61 non-completions 29 of the non-completions were lame: 15 of those were Middle East, 8 were French Just over 50% FAILED to complete, and almost half of those...
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Enduring Abuse

                    There’s yet more disturbing news coming out of the world of International Endurance. On May 23, an emaciated horse was passed fit to compete at the initial vet check. SHAKLA’S SUDDEN IMPACT, ridden by RAED MAHMOOD, was competing from the stables of the ROYAL ENDURANCE TEAM of BAHRAIN. This photo understandably...
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UPDATE!!! We have found Maddie a new home! Thanks to all who have shared her page and enquired about her, and we will update with a new blog as soon as we can! Maddie is currently on the Isle of Wight, and her current guardian’s circumstances have changed. We had a new home lined up, but due to various circumstances this home has fallen through. Maddie is a stunning part bred Cob Normand...
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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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