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ILPH Horses and Ponies Looking for Loving Homes

Tanya & Cassie
Tanya and Cassie

Despite nearly 100 companion horses and ponies being rehomed by a leading equine welfare charity in the period September 2000 to March this year, many are still looking for homes.

Comments Nadine Hawkes, Operations Support Manager at the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses), "We were overwhelmed at the response from people wanting to home companion horses and ponies. Normally applications for a loan animal are for riding horse or ponies, so we were thrilled to have homed so many companion animals so quickly."

The ILPH philosophy is that all ILPH horses and ponies should lead happy lives in private homes where they can receive personal care and attention. The aim is to nurse sick animals back to health, rehabilitate them, break and school them, if necessary, and find them suitable loan homes.

Now, due to a large intake of welfare cases (nearly 40 in a couple of months) the ILPH Norfolk Centre is, in NHS speak, short of beds !

Tanya, Cole & John William
Tanya, Cole & John William

Tanya and Motif
Tanya and Motif

Adds Nadine, "We are now full to capacity and these 20 or so Norfolk based companions desperately need to find homes. If we don’t manage to place them we will have no room to take in any more emergency cases.

"Not all the companions are old, some are young but can’t be ridden because of birth defects or injuries sustained before they came to us. They are all at our Norfolk Centre through no fault of their own and they all now deserve lots of tlc in loving homes".

Companions seeking homes come in all shapes and sizes, from Swallow a 25 year old black thoroughbred ex-military police horse who left the force after being hit by a London bus, to Cassie a claustrophobic 13.2hh Welsh Cross pony who has to live outside all year, or lovely Cole an 8 year old coal-black thoroughbred described as an easy horse ‘to do’, with the sweetest temperament.

Those interested in one of the companions desperately seeking loving homes should call 01953 497238/497231 to make an appointment to come and see them.

Tanya with Element and Swallow
Tanya with Ellie and Swallow

Registered Charity No. 206658

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