Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre

Our mission is to rescue and rehabilitate abused, neglected and abandoned horses, ponies and donkeys, while campaigning for the better treatment of animals across Spain. We are a no-kill foundation and provide each rescued animal with a safe and loving sanctuary – either here at our centre or via rehoming – for the rest of their lives.

An interview with volunteer Justin Jessen

Justin Jessen, 36, from Wiltshire, UK

justinandluceiroAs we are getting so much support from people who live in the UK, we now have a UK representative, Justin Jessen.

Justin will co-ordinate fundraising efforts in the UK, take donations on our behalf and promote the work of Easy Horse Care to people in the UK.

Having spent most of his holiday time over the past year working as a volunteer in our yard, Justin knows the work of the centre well. And, as an expert in animal care he has been a huge help to us.

It was Justin's knowledge and expertise that helped us to nurse our miniature, Princess, through the worst of her infection, and it was thanks to his horse handling skills that our beautiful Luceiro felt confident enough to be ridden again after losing an eye.

Like everyone working for us, Justin is giving his time and expertise voluntarily. His full time job is as an animal management instructor at Cirencester College, Gloucestershire.

If you think you can help Justin raise money and awareness in the UK, or if you are in the UK and would like to make a donation, Justin can be contacted by email at ukrep@easyhorsecare.net

Tell us a bit about yourself:
During my childhood I was lucky enough to have horses and since then I’ve always wanted them to be a part of my life.  After leaving school I trained for my British Horse Society exams and started my career in the horse industry.  I have worked in various yards such as riding schools, a Riding for the Disabled centre through to a show jumping yard in Gran Canaria.  I now work for Cirencester College as an Animal Management technician.  My role involves looking after our collection of animals from Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs through to our yard of twelve horses.  My role also involves me teaching equine practical skills to students from Entry level to BTEC National Diploma.

How did you find out about the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre?
I had come to Spain for a holiday and the neighbours of the house I was staying in mentioned they were volunteers at the rescue centre.  They kindly offered to take me to the centre with them and I have been going ever since.  I immediately fell in love with all the horses and Sue and Rod were so welcoming.  The rescue centre is my home from home and I’m always sad to say goodbye at the end of my visits.  

Describe what you do as a volunteer?
My role at the rescue centre as a volunteer covers all aspects of yard duties.  As well as the normal duties such as feeding, cleaning out, grooming, turning out etc... there are often horses that need medical treatment for injuries that have been inflicted upon them. Also, I had the privilege of backing/breaking in Luceiro who is one of the first horses to have been rescued by Sue and Rod.  A lot of the horses have been badly mistreated by people so a lot of time is spent teaching them to trust again.

Would you recommend volunteering at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre?  If so, why?
I would have no hesitation in recommending anyone to volunteer at the centre.  I have met some amazing people there and have made great friends for life.  The work is very hard but so rewarding.  What ever your personal qualities or previous experiences are you can help make a difference to the lives of the horses that need our help.
email Justin: ukrep@easyhorsecare.net
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