Spain’s first equine Shiatsu course raises €695 for rescued horses
The first equine Shiatsu course held in Spain has successfully raised €695 to help ensure the safety and protection of neglected and abused horses.
The course, held onsite at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre near Alicante on March 11 and 12, was led by Finnish equine Shiatsu instructor Susanna Tuisku, assisted by Rita Uotila and Anne Hakala, who all generously donated their time and flew in from Finland especially for the event.
Over two days, participants were introduced to the concepts of equine Shiatsu and practiced their new skills on the centre’s rescued horses and donkeys. “It was amazing to see the reactions when you actually did find the right place to touch – everybody waiting for a yawn or a lick and chew,” said Nicole Weinand, a participant.
Easy Horse Care co-founder Sue Weeding was delighted with the course and thanked Susanna, Rita and Anne for donating their time and expertise.
"Rod and I welcome any course or event that increases people's knowledge and teaches not just riding, but how to properly care for horses. It's very positive and encourages owners down the path of considering the animal’s physical and mental welfare, beyond a horse as simply something to ride," Sue said.
Rita had previously donated tack and equipment to Easy Horse Care from her home in Finland, but wanted to do more and approached Sue and Rod with the idea for the course. They immediately agreed.
As an assistant instructor, Rita also had the opportunity to visit the sanctuary in person. “It was wonderful to get to meet all the great characters at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre and sense the contentment among them,” she said, adding the “residents seemingly enjoyed being the centre of attention!”
The money raised will go towards building a new boundary fence at the centre to keep the rescued equines secure and better protected from extreme weather. While building has commenced, the centre recently called for further donations to increase the height of the fence, a move that will provide long-term protection for the horses.
You can make a secure online donation via the rescue centre’s website. Visit: www.easyhorsecare.net/donate/support-our-fence-fundraiser.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre relies entirely on donations to fund its important animal welfare work, including the feeding and care of the centre’s more than 100 horses, ponies and donkeys rescued from abuse, neglect and abandonment.
The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre, located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga, 59, opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm. Free horse tours run throughout the afternoon and refreshments are available in the café. For more details and directions, please visit www.easyhorsecare.net.
– Press release written by Kate Le Gallez.