01/01/2017 Roundup of 2016

2016 was another busy year here at The Horse Trust, amazingly celebrating our 130th year, and as ever it was filled with moments of great joy and some of sadness. Being a unique retirement home for those equine civil servants that have served in the Police, Army and for Charities that use ponies to help people, we are p130th.jpgroud to offer specialist care, love and dignity to the end for these proud and faithful animals. This does bring its fair share of sadness and to have lost so unexpectedly, such big characters as Mr Twister, Lochnagar and Zulu, as well as our farewells to those we can no longer keep comfortable, our team and supporters have shed more than a few tears.

In happier news we said bon voyage to Starlight, Maggie, Squiggy, Freda and Felix as they all found new forever homes after suffering neglect or cruelty in their early years.squiggy.jpg Ponies that arrived here in dire need of sanctuary and intensive care, ponies who had learned to be frightened of people or who had simply been ignored, fly grazed, dumped or badly treated, have learned that humans can be trusted and have left here happy, healthy and some of them even have new skills in being ridden or driving carriages. We are immensely proud of how our rescue ponies have had their lives turned around so completely. It’s a team effort and our supporters, you, are an essential part of that team for which we are deeply grateful.

Our Patron, HRH The Princess Royal helped us mark our 130th birthday and was shown an amazing pageant that told our story through the years as well as meeting some of our sponsors, partners and those who have been kind enough to open their homes to our ponies. HRH also watched a fascinating demonstration by our colleagues in Hampshire Fire & Rescue and a wonderful celebration was had by all, despite the English Summer rain! 

Our Horses, Hounds and Heroes event this year was a massive success and the team were overwhelmed with the incredible feedback we received. The sun was shining down on us, and we couldn’t have asked for a better day. It was thanks to all the exhibitors and the fabulous displays that took place in the main arena that this day was a resounding success, and of course we couldn’t of run this event without all of our amazing volunteers. hhh.jpgThis is our largest fundraising event of the year and is hugely important to us. We hope you will join us for our sixth annual Horses, Hounds and Heroes event which will be taking place at our Home of Rest in Buckinghamshire on the 16th July 2017. 

Whilst the horses, ponies and donkeys in our immediate care are always our number one priority, we are only a relatively small sanctuary and so we’ve found exciting new ways to help so many more horses through our “Equines in Crisis” training programmes. This training is giving essential skills, knowledge and confidence to professionals who may come into contact with horses in the worst of circumstances but who are not horse professionals, those people that keep our communities safe but need our help to keep them safe in a crisis involving a frightened horse. We have been training Police Officers, Fire and Rescue Officers and most recently, Highways England Officers, all of whom may be called upon to deal with a terrified horse, probably in pain and in need of rescue be they stuck in a ditch or running loose on the motorway.highway.jpg

We hope to have the same success with our rehoming scheme, as well as continuing to support vital projects aimed at improving the health and well-being of all horses in 2017. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of the world’s oldest horse charity and we are deeply grateful for all the support that you have given us in 2016.

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