13/12/2010 Spindles Farm Rescue Horse Disney is "Dream Horse" for Horse Rangers Association

The Horse Trust is celebrating a success for its rehoming scheme after learning that Spindles Farm rescue horse Disney has made "amazing training progress" at the Horse Rangers Association.

Spindles Farm rescue horse Disney was rehomed by The Horse Trust in August 2010. The Horse Rangers Association, a charity which helps young people to learn how to ride and care for horses, was thought to be the ideal home for Disney as he is a calm, sociable horse who is good with children.

Given the horrors Disney had experienced at Spindles Farm and as he had never been ridden before, The Horse Trust and Horse Rangers Association were uncertain how quickly his training would progress.

But, according to Theresa Barrett, Stable Manager at the Horse Rangers Association, his training has exceeded all expectations.

"Disney's training has progressed amazingly fast. After just two weeks of training, I was able to ride him. Over the last few months, all the grooms have been riding him regularly and we plan to have Horse Rangers riding him within two or three months," said Theresa. "He has been the dream  horse to back as he is so chilled out."

Liane Crowther, who manages the rehoming scheme at The Horse Trust, was delighted to hear about Disney's progress.

"I'm delighted that Disney has made such brilliant progress. I thought he would be the perfect horse for the Horse Rangers because of his personality, but it's always hard to know how long it will take to train a horse, particularly a rescue horse that has had a traumatic experience," said Liane.

"When Disney arrived at The Horse Trust in January 2008, I wasn't even sure if he would survive as he was so underweight and had a bad salmonella infection. I'm thrilled that he's got such a bright future ahead of him training kids to ride," said Liane.

Not only is Disney's backing progressing well, but he has also coped well with living in the Horse Rangers Association's busy stable complex.

"Initially we kept him in one of our fields as that was what he was used to. In October, we decided to bring him into our stables for a few weeks. We have around 300 children passing through here at weekends, so it's quite a lot for a horse to get used to. But Disney took it in his stride and loved the attention from the children," said Theresa.