Kiley & Badger
Of A New Veteran Horse Charity
Horse Welfare (VHW) is a unique charity dedicated to the welfare
of the Older Horse or pony over the age of 15. It will be
launched at the Midlands Equine Fair, Three Counties Showground,
Malvern, on 13 and 14 March 2004 in the breeds area.
charity will be based in Pembrokeshire and will be funding
many rescue cases around the UK. Also it will be educating
horse owner and carers on how to manage their veteran from
feeding to exercise. It will have a dedicated team of staff
both caring for horses and giving advice to those people who
own or care for veterans.
VHW will also be funding private individuals who are in need
of assistance with their veteran.
of the Trustees of the organisation is Mrs Karen Goodliffe, who
has many years of experience with veteran horses and has seen how
many older horses suffer, due to either owners/carers ignorance
or their incapability of looking after the older horse. Said Karen:
"This charity is going to be invaluable to carers and owners
of veteran horses. We hope now that we can help both individuals
and organisations to expand their knowledge of the veteran and by
working closely with organisations like the Veteran Horse Society."
horse that is benefiting from the work of the charity is Grey Arab
Little Boy Blue (known to his friends as Badger), who at 51 is officially
the world's oldest horse.
came to the VHS when his owner could no longer manage the costs
of livery. He was not well, and on the morning of his trip to the
VHS he had had colic. The journey to his new home was not a long
one - just 40 miles - but such was his condition that the team took
a steady pace, often dropping to just four miles an hour. He arrived
three hours later.
begin with he was fed four times a day, a little and often, on a
strict timetable of 8.00am, 12 noon, 4.00pm and 10.00pm with a check
at 2.00am every morning for his first week with the VHS. He received
treatment for all four hooves.
appetite picked up and he was slowly introduced to a correct feeding
programme. He is now well on the road to a full recovery at the
VHS Centre in Pembrokeshire, where he will be able to be met by
the public when the doors open again in March.
Badger is too old and frail to make it to the Midlands Equine Fair,
three of his colleagues will be coming along to meet the crowds.
The VHS national champion, Hudson Bay will be there. Hudson is a
30-year old Irish Draught cross. He will be joined by Ziggy, a 24-year
old Welsh crossed saved from a riding school last year, and one
other mystery horse!
information about VHW is available by sending a SAE to:
Hendre Fawr Farm
by calling 01239 881264.
and information regarding exhibition opportunities are available
in advance from Contour Exhibitions & Events by calling 01884
841925, and advance booking discounts are available. Further information
and on line booking are available by logging on at www.contour.uk.net.