A MINIATURE horse that went missing during Japan’s devastating floods last week has been found alive and stranded on a roof.

Leaf, a nine-year-old mare used for animal therapy at the Life Town Mabi aged care facility in the Mabicho district of Kakehashi, vanished on July 6 along with her colt, Earth, when floodwaters swept through the region on Friday.

Staff had been forced to release the pair after torrential rains forced an evacuation of the facility.

The assumption was that Leaf, who was acquired from a farm in Osaka, had drowned, but one Life Town employee refused to give up hope... READ MORE
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A grandmother was surprised when a skinny and mite-covered horse was delivered at her house after her 13-year old granddaughter ordered in online.

The young colt was abandoned at the back of a house in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, after the girl ordered the horse from an online advert and gave her grandmother’s address for delivery.

The shocked nan, unsure what to do with the pony, contacted World Horse Welfare and it has since been transported to a private boarding stable.

Now the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare is asking for the public’s help to find those responsible.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said:

“You couldn’t make this up! A 13-year-old girl responded to a plea on an online free ads site where a lady said she didn’t want the pony anymore and that he would be put to sleep if no one had him.“She gave her nan’s address and the next thing that happened was a man just came along and dumped the pony there, no words of advice or anything like that - and leaving a very shocked nan.“We don’t know where this poor pony came from but he clearly was not treated well before being abandoned.Pets at Home apologies after wrongly accusing seven-year-old girl of shoplifting“We have come to a dead end in trying to find out further information so we are appealing for anybody who can help us to get in touch.”


Anyone who has information about the dumped horse should call the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018 or World Horse Welfare at 08000 480 180.

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A couple and a baby horse they were trying to protect had to be rescued from the Salt River. (Arizona)

Ryan and Bren Schultz, who volunteer with Salt River Wild Horse Management Group, were in Mesa on Thursday, last week, trying to save the foal from drowning when all three got stuck.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s deputies were called and conducted a boat rescue.

They were able to pull all three into a boat and speed off to safety.

Ryan Schultz said that he and his wife were fine and didn’t need any medical treatment.

He says he got a hold of the foal as it got dragged downstream and then they ran into an eddy.

Volunteers say they are monitoring the progress of the foal, which was reunited with its mother.
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Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:28

Helicopter rescues stranded horse

A very lucky horse was lifted 300 feet out of a California ravine on Monday, the day after it tumbled in, along with its rider.

The rider was able to walk out, but was forced to leave her horse overnight... 

A joint effort between multiple area agencies were assembled for a rescue attempt the following morning.

The San Bernardino County Fire and Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department, along with aid from the Los Angeles County Fire Department, gathered at the steep ravine outside Hesperia.

By early Monday afternoon the horse had been placed in a special harness, and a helicopter was able to pull the horse up and out of its hopeless situation.

According to local officials, the animal escaped from its frightening ordeal with just scrapes and bruises and has been treated by a veterinarian. 

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Shannon Kelsey hadn’t seen anything like the Napa and Sonoma fires in his 49 years of ranching. And he wasn’t going to wait around to get a closer look, corralling 51 of his horses near Lake Berryessa to join the exodus to the Solano County Fairgrounds.

“Luckily, we were in the evacuated areas that were ahead of the fire,” Kelsey said Tuesday morning. “Right now, we’re staying here with the horses.”

Kelsey joined other horse owners — and others toting every animal from dogs to chickens, goats and pigs — to the barns earmarked for destruction next year since horse racing ended here in 2009.

Good thing the barns still stand.

“It’s a godsend,” Kelsey said.

Mike Ioakimedes, business development manager for the fairgrounds, agreed.

“It’s very fortunate we still have these available,” said Ioakimedes. “I don’t know what we would be doing with 100-plus horses if we didn’t have these.”

The coordinating efforts between the fairgrounds, volunteers, and animal owners was “going amazingly smooth,” Ioakimedes said... READ MORE
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A pregnant horse found abandoned and neglected has given birth to a healthy foal in her new home after being rescued by Basildon Council.

Roberta the horse was found heavily pregnant and in poor health when authorities seized her on February 16.

She was suffering from worms and lice and was severely malnourished with her ribs, pelvis and spine clearly visible.

A Basildon Council spokesman, said: "This was a shocking case of animal neglect. Roberta was in a very poor state of health when we found her."

But after the council enforced the Control of Horses Act, which gives the authority power to remove and detain horses found to be unlawfully occupying public land, Roberta was given a second chance at happiness.

Against all the odds, in the early hours of Wednesday, May 10, Roberta gave birth to her miracle foal that has been named Buddy by council officers... READ MORE
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Rescue horses from a sanctuary in Liverpool are helping veterans overcome drug and alcohol addiction.

Veterans from Tom Harrison House - a specialist facility providing addiction treatment for ex-military - visit Shy Lowen Horse & Pony Sanctuary every week for equine therapy.

Former serviceman Paul says he enjoys working with the horses because "they've got issues, I've got issues, so we sort of relate to each other".


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It was obvious to those who saw the disturbing photos of rider Charlotte McPherson on social media at an equestrian event earlier this year, that her horse, Thor, was severely emaciated.

The RSPCA was made aware of these photos of the 10-year-old thoroughbred ex-racehorse, whose racing name was Hoare Abbey and McPherson aged 22, of Park Lane, Kidderminster, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (December 6th) for sentencing.

Charlotte McPherson riding her horse, Thor, at an event where an exercise sheet masked how badly malnourished the animal was.            CREDIT: CATERS

She was charged with two offences - that of causing unnecessary suffering to a horse by failing to investigate and treat the cause of his poor body condition, and failing to take steps to ensure that the needs of the animal were met, by failing to protect him from pain, suffering, injury and disease by riding him when he was not in a fit state to be ridden.

Having pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing in August this year, she was disqualified from keeping horses for 10 years and also given a 12-month community order, ordered her to do 160 hours of unpaid work and told her to pay £300 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

“Thor looked incredibly thin", said RSPCA Inspector Suzi Smith "and you could see pretty much every bone in his body. It was obvious to anyone who saw him that he was not well. A vet examined Thor and gave him a body condition of zero out of five - he was that thin."

"While in this body condition, McPherson rode him twice a week, including at a fun ride in Bissell Wood, Blakedown, in March this year, where his condition was noticed by people at the event. Not only was he thin, but he had a sore on his spine which was directly underneath the saddle. Thor would have been in a lot of pain while he was being ridden.

A vet examination of Thor showed that the cause of his weight loss was because of inadequate condition and a high worm egg count, as he had not been wormed properly.

Thor, in much better condition today.

Thor, in much better shape today               © RSPCA

“It was a slow progress to get him on the road to recovery as he would not have survived a wormer straightaway due to the condition he was in, but within five months he had put on weight and been properly wormed, where he soon showed that he had a zero worm egg count,” said Inspector Smith. We are so thankful to the Retraining of Racehorses charity who assisted with the veterinary costs in this case, and also to everyone in ‘Team Thor’ who provided the care and attention he needed. Thor has done amazingly well and he has now been rehomed. He is loving his new life and when he trots across a field, you would find it hard to believe what he was like earlier this year.”

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 10:13

Rescue cob jumps for joy in his new life

A neglected rescue horse found in an appalling state is now a show jumping star after a remarkable turnaround.

Bertie arrived in the care of our Burford rehoming centre horrifically malnourished, covered in scabs, riddled with lice, suffering from strangles – a respiratory infection – and with overgrown feet.

Understandably, the suffering his poor cob had endured had made him untrusting of people, too.

But now, things couldn’t be more different for the five-year-old after Blue Cross nursed him back to health, taught him meaning of human kindness and found him a loving new home.

He is now flourishing in his home with Kerry Alexander, where he has been since November 2012, and he has become a “superb” all-round riding horse with a bright future ahead.

Jessica Parkes, Horse Care Groom at Burford, where Bertie – then called Emmett – spent nine months recovering, said:  “Bertie was very nervous and difficult to catch so needed lots of training to build on his confidence. He progressed well with his training whilst at the centre.

“Kerry backed him out in the home, and is doing amazingly with him. He is a far cry from the timid, skinny little youngster that came into the Blue Cross.” ...READ MORE

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A horse rescue centre in Spain has come up with an innovative way to help its horses,  and those who want to learn about equine care at a rescue operation.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Costa Blanca is offering a handful of eight-week internships, with participants helping cement the operation’s future stability, both by lending a hand with day-to-day equine care and bringing in crucial funds to support facility upgrades.

During the internship, participants will be invited to help care for more than 90 rescued equines, going deeper than being a tourist to make a positive difference at the frontline of animal welfare in Spain.

Easy Horse Care co-founder Sue Weeding said the non-profit rescue centre – located south of Alicante near the township of Rojales – would accept a maximum of just four interns at once, who will be guided through a comprehensive eight-week work and study program designed to teach crucial equine handling and care skills... READ MORE


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