We tried so hard to save this young filly . . .


She was only about three years old . . . with all her life still ahead of her. But she was so badly hurt . . .

When we saw her lying there in our stable . . . unable to stand because her hooves had been worn down to the sensitive soft part . . . blood from a deep wound on her back dripping steadily onto the clean sawdust bedding – we knew we would do anything we could to save her.

Lindsay, our Horse Care Unit manager, crouched there in the straw – soothing the horse with gentle words, telling her that she was safe now and we would make it all better.

Only we couldn’t.

Madame Marie, as we named her, had obviously been used for “back yard” racing. There were whip marks all over her body – even the soft, tender skin under her belly – and huge raw saddle sores on her back. Terrible as they were, we knew the wounds would heal. We were sure the horse could sense the love in Lindsay’s gentle touch. She would forget the pain and terror she’d been through and learn to trust again.

And she would live out the rest of her days in a loving new home where she’d never be hurt again. But that’s not what happened.

Excruciating saddle sores and a deep bleeding wound.
Hooves worn down to the quick.

Instead, Madame Marie’s condition deteriorated over the next few days. She never stood again, and she completely lost the use of both back legs.

In the end, the only thing we could do for her was to release her from all her pain and suffering. And the worst thing is, we think we could have saved her – if only we had the right equipment.

That’s why we’re pushing ahead with a new Critical Care Stable at our Grassy Park premises. And asking you to help – with your online donation made by clicking here. So that horses like Madame Marie can be saved.

Having just taken over the Atlantis and Mamre areas – where back yard racing is rife – we believe she is the first of many similar cases we’ll have to deal with in the coming months.

We need to be ready to give these poor, broken down horses every chance of recovery. That means expensive equipment like hoists and slings to lift and support horses that cannot stand on their own . . . special Glushu horseshoes that protect damaged hooves while they grow . . . and a specialised equine operating table with a pulley/sling system to move horses to and from the theatre.

Please will you help – by clicking here to make your contribution?

When we see these broken down horses lift their heads high again, and trot to the fence hoping for a treat and a gentle rub on the nose, it’s such a heartwarming victory against animal cruelty. We’re sure you want to be part of it!

So please will make your donation right here, right now? Large or small, each gift plays a vital part in helping to make the new Critical Care Stable a reality. And gives injured horses a real chance of recovery.


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