Spring is in the air, newborn lambs and calves can be seen dotting our countryside and we are also heading into prime breeding season for many equine Stud farms. Breeding equines is not something to enter into lightly though. Sadly often retired, lame or old mares are looked upon as ideal candidates for becoming broodmares. Their owners thinking along the lines that breeding a foal from them...
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Why oh why??

I am about to do something that we don’t normally do …….. rant! Why? Because once again, we’ve invested our precious time and money in trying to help out a family who called us in desperation, only to be told they’ve changed their mind after all – here’s the story: Living in France hadn’t turned out to be the dream life the family expected and they...
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Last Saturday Helen Barnes, from the Dordogne, organised a 20 km fundraising walk in aid of ERF. Helen was joined by a band  of walkers, some with their dogs, all keen to kindly help raise funds for ERF. The walk was initially organised as a sponsored ride on horseback, but the EIA outbreak  in the vicinty that week meant that plans quickly had to be changed as it was decided to be too great a...
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One horse has tested positive, and 28 horses were Coggins tested on the 8th March for EIA in MONTCARET, DORDOGNE. The horses have been under surveillance since the 25th of February 2010. This is a very serious notifiable disease with any positive horses facing compulsory slaughter. The symptoms are listed HERE, the second disease on the list. There is no current indication where the disease may...
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Sometimes we are asked to take on and rehome equines, that often for health reasons or their age, are too vunerable to be advertised for sale by the owners. Belle is one of those ponies who had some physical difficulties, probably as the result of being used as a broodmare in the past, and could therefore only be used as a companion in the future. We are fortunate to have some excellent people...
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