In June last year, ERF rescued 3 female donkeys from a yard in dept 24 –  Lena, Belle and Nanette. We knew there was a possibility that any of them could be pregnant as they had been in with entires. Well this week Lena, who lives with Belle in the Vienne, gave birth to a beautiful healthy male foal. Lena’s guardian Jane, who has named the new foal Vinnie, arrived at the field just...
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As we think of booking our holidays to far away places,  or maybe even a break away closer to home here in Europe, please spare a thought for the equine workers in the tourist trade and help to prevent their suffering. The Brooke charity are urging holiday makers to be responsible tourists and follow the ‘Happy Holiday Horses code‘. Obviously, in some countries animals are an...
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Flies and eyes

Whilst we are all looking forward to the long  summer days this year, spare a thought for our equine friends who may not have quite so much to look forward to. Summer brings with it some unpleasant nasties, one in particular is flies…and a dangerous place for them to linger is around the equines delicate eye area. It can be quite distressing for some horses, who toss their heads about and...
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Last month we reported about the outbreak of Equine Infectious Anaemia in the Vars region of France – see here. Sadly, 11 horses who tested positive to EIA have now been euthanased. Read report here. Another 3 horses this week have tested positive and will have to be euthanased, bringing the total to 14 horses. The virus that causes equine infectious anemia is transmitted by biting...
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We thought you’d like to see some new photos of ERF adopted ‘gentle giant’ Goliath, he is such a lovely horse and well suited to his role of helping children with...
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