Day Seven: Rapunzel, Rita, Ria and Rain

15/12/2015

Day seven of our 12 days of Christmas is the story of Rapunzel, Rita, Ria and Rain.

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Over the last six weeks we have taken in over 100 horses – a third of our stocking level. If you would like to help please donate £3 to help feed 3 horses for a day.  Text FEED30 £3 to 70070 to donate to World Horse Welfare and make a difference today.

With 2015 drawing to a close, we would like to share with your our very own “12 days of Christmas” countdown. On each of the next 12 working days you can read the stories that have touched us and our supporters the most from January through to December.

On the seventh day of Christmas… July 2015

Rapunzel, Rita, Ria and Rain came into our care following ongoing concerns over a group of horses. It was clear that the horses were not being cared for properly and they were underweight with overgrown feet. We had previously removed horses from this site and feared that the situation was only going to deteriorate.

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Rain and Ria on site

The field the horses were being kept in was not very secure, unsafe and close to busy roads. The grazing was also very poor and full of ragwort and during a visit in July a miniature Shetland mare – Rapunzel – was found in quite a lethargic state and was clearly struggling with breathing difficulties. A soft swelling on her face suggested she might have a dental problem and she was in obvious pain.

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Ria amongst the ragwort

The four ponies were quickly removed from the site and bought to our Lancashire Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Penny Farm, as we were growing increasingly concerned about their welfare and felt that their condition would only become worse with time. Sadly, Rapunzel’s dental problem was untreatable and the kindest thing to do was to put her to sleep.

Thanks to the care of our expert team the three remaining mares, Rita, Ria and Rain have all made full recoveries. Rita and Rain have both recently been rehomed and we are hopefully that Ria will appear on our rehoming pages in the near future – keep an eye out for her!

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Rain shortly before being rehomed

Rapunzel, Rita, Ria and Rain are four of many horses and ponies that have arrived into our care this year. 2015 has been a record-breaking year with 344 ill, injured, neglected and vulnerable horses arriving at our four Rescue and Rehoming Centres.

Sadly, we are running out of space. But we know that over the coming freezing months the need will continue to grow.

We need our supporters now more than ever. But how can you help? Find out more about what you can do and why we are sharing these stories here.

Can you give today to help horses like Rapunzel, Rita, Ria and Rain?

We need our supporters now more than ever. If you would like to help please donate £3 to help feed 3 horses for a day.  Text FEED30 £3 to 70070 to donate to World Horse Welfare and make a difference today.