Horse rescue charity opens its doors to supporters for special Open Day

Horse rescue charity, HorseWorld held a special Charity Open Day on Saturday 24th June, inviting supporters to see behind the scenes of the busy working rescue centre and meet some of the rescued horses. The farm was bustling as people came to look around HorseWorld’s rehabilitation and training facilities in Whitchurch, Bristol.

Many people were surprised to see how big the farm is and how many horses we care for,” said HorseWorld’s Yard Manager, Sarah Hollister. “It was lovely to have the opportunity to show people the rescue, rehabilitation and rehoming work which takes place here. Over 900 people came to see the horses, ponies and donkeys over the course of the day. Entry and parking were free but people gave generously in the donation buckets once they had seen the charity’s work for themselves. We also held a second-hand Tack Sale on the day selling donated tack, rugs and horse equipment. We were very grateful to supporters who baked cakes for the charity to sell and donated items for the tombola and raffle. We raised over £5,000!

“HorseWorld relies entirely on the support of the public to be able to continue rescuing horses in need so fundraising events like this are essential. It was great that the community all pulled together to support a local charity.”

Many horses that have been previously rescued by HorseWorld and are now fit and healthy were available for people to see. One of these was Joey who was pulled from a freezing, muddy ditch as a foal and is now almost two years old.

The young, emaciated colt was spotted by a member of the public on Thursday 4th February 2016 who called workmen to help get him out of a deep, muddy ditch. When it became apparent that he was too cold and weak to stand, HorseWorld were called to assist the RSPCA and Avon Fire and Rescue Service to rescue him.

“Avon Fire and Rescue Service helped us to lift Joey clear of the ditch and into our trailer,” said HorseWorld’s Managing Director, Mark Owen who was at the scene of the rescue. “He was freezing cold, shivering and near hypothermic. He was also very thin, weak and unable to stand on his own.”

After months of veterinary treatment and care from the HorseWorld staff, Joey is now a fit and strong youngster who has a bright future ahead of him. Many people who had been following his story, came to see his progress.

“On arrival, Joey was mentally very shut down,” said HorseWorld’s Assistant Yard Manager, Vicky Greenslade. “He is now behaving like a normal cheeky little youngster and finally has the confidence to meet people. He proved to be very popular with visitors at the Open Day.”

Tractor tours took supporters out across the fields to see the horses in their natural environment and feed carrots to them. Pictures of recent rescues were displayed and horses were brought into the stables for people to see now that they have been nursed back to health. Many of these animals are now ready to be rehomed so it is hoped that this will have generated some interest in them.

Visitors were also able to meet the animals, who are on HorseWorld’s Adoption Scheme where people can sponsor an animal for just £15 a year, receive an adoption certificate and a cuddly toy of their chosen animal. People who already adopt an animal were able to come and see them and 35 people adopted an animal on the day. There are two more Open Days planned for this year and these, and other events are all listed on the HorseWorld website.

“The horses all live out in the fields on this 180 acre farm in as natural environment as possible. It is only on Open Days like this that visitors are able to see so many of them all in one place at the same time. We hope to welcome just as many, if not more people to our next Open Days on Saturday 12th August and Saturday 7thOctober.”

For future Open Days at HorseWorld, please visit www.horseworld.org.uk/events or call 01275 832425

Posted on: 3rd July 2017