The Ones Left Behind.

On countless occasions, those of us trying to highlight the abuse of horses in many of the Group VII countries have been told by breeders, sellers or riders involved in some way with these countries that the horses will all have fabulous retirement homes, 5* luxury, they know, they’ve seen them. The reality is different. There are no fields to retire horses to, there is no horse-friendly...
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Safe

Somehow, this crazy idea we had to try and help one horse escalated into helping two, and they are now set safe with fans and ad lib food to help their recovery. It’s heartwarming seeing their body language, their lack of tension, their doing what horses should do – standing relaxed and eating. Just being horses. Miss has clearly suffered a lot of abuse when worked. His legs bear the...
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Quarantine

The stories so far – Saving Mississippi The Road Out The Wrong Horse Finally, they arrive in quarantine. TWH, who is very tiny, was dragging his heels like an old man when he came off the truck but determined to go into the stable. They’re cheered by a pretty filly in the opposite box! TWH was so tired that he lay down very quickly on his nice fluffy bed. Miss is watching over him, they...
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Saving Mississippi

Researching the fate of horses sold for Endurance to the Group VII countries is soul-destroying and heart-rending, but absolutely necessary whilst there is no real duty of care given to the horses unlucky enough to have been sold there. It’s a reality that the money thrown at corrupt individuals participating and officiating within the sport allows unheralded abuse to go unpunished. In 2014,...
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The Wrong Horse (TWH)

We had been hoping that our trepidation concerning Miss still being for sale was unfounded, and that we had secured him with the chipping and passport vet visit. To be sure that all was in order, we asked the agency to send us all the paperwork they had received. We saw this identification drawing. Not only did Miss appear to have a new brand, he also appeared to have lost the PL 8 one by which...
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5 April 17 We found this photograph on a dealer’s website, and managed to identify him from his shoulder brand. 10 April 17 A small collective of people began raising the funds to buy and move Miss, as we called him, to safety. We called in favours from those we have links to in the UAE and neighbouring Gulf states, the lengthy and complicated process of sorting the vet fees, paperwork, the...
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