Busy week at the Centre
The EHCRC Foundation, a home for 52 horses, ponies and donkeys, opened its doors to take in another two new rescue horses last week. Both cases were very bad.
The first was a two year old horse which has been named Jett.
Said Sue "We were contacted by a concerned member of a walking club, who had come upon a malnourished young horse with sever deformities in both hind legs. Arrangements were made by a third party to persuade the owner to hand the horse over to the centre, which thankfully he agreed to do. We had no idea how bad his condition was till we arrived with the trailer to pick him up, not since Faith have we faced had such a huge challenge.
Already extensive x-rays have been done to determine the extent of his deformities which we think were caused by him contracting a virus as a new-born foal that miraculously he survived.
However it caused him to develop septic arthritis in his joints which through neglect and combined with malnourishment in his short two years of life, has lead to these horrific deformities that we are now trying to work with.
Aided by Gasper our Surgeon in Barcelona, our Farrier Enrique will be creating special supportive shoes to help support his joints whilst he continues growing. If this is successful, in two years time it may be possible for surgery to help correct part of his deformity".
Sue also went on to say "This young horse has survived everything bad that man can throw at him, amazingly he is full of life, he doesn't know he's deformed and more importantly he is in no pain, therefore we will give him every chance possible to have a good life here with us at the centre".
The second horse they have named Crystal, she is a beautiful grey mare that is absolutely skeletal. She was found by a German lady who has a riding school in Guadalest, she was looking to buy a horse for her school and came upon Crystal.
Seeing the horrific condition she was in she couldn't walk away, so she bought her to save her and then contacted the rescue centre to see if they would give her a home. Sadly because of the crisis, there are thousands of brood mares that are now simply being left to starve to death because there is now no demand to buy young horses anymore.
"Maybe you can't change the world by saving one horse,
but you can change the whole world for the horse that you save".
Please visit us our rescue centre or our charity shops and help us to help them.
If you have any questions on any animal welfare issues or for more details of the work of the EHCRC call Sue on 652021980 or visit www.easyhorsecare.net