After seeing Tamzin in action with our ponies over the last few months, we decided she is the perfect person to take charge of our rehabilitation programme, from teaching nervous ponies to be caught or pick their feet up, to backing and breaking.
As with all of us here, Tamzin works completely voluntary, claiming no expenses, so that every penny can be spent directly on the ponies and this is what she had to say ……
I’ve been involved with horses pretty much all my life, and I have a particular interest in training methods and behaviour. I have studied animal behaviour and equine science and I’m currently doing an equine welfare-based PhD at Leahurst (Liverpool University’s faculty of Veterinary Science), and my preference is to use positive reinforcement based training. I arrived at Horse Sense as a livery with my horses Red and Morgan, but I’ve really enjoyed getting involved with training all the horses and I’m excited to be on board formally. I especially enjoy working with the nervous horses and seeing their confidence improve. As well as rehabbing the horses I want to teach the pigs some tricks and create a goat agility team.
We would like to say a huge well done to our walkers. Kyle, Sam, Steph and 7 yr old Skye took on the Wirral Coastal Walk on Sunday to raise donations for our horses.
Dylan arrived Sunday 12th June 2016, sadly no longer wanted by his owner and couldn’t stay where he was, keep your eyes peeled for this boys progress as he has been there and done it, before some time off and at only 10 years old we are sure he will be snapped up.
Massively proud day today – for the first time Coco was OK with the farrier. Coco arrived at the sanctuary about two months ago, terrified, basically unhandlable and with flipper-feet. She was so scared of things that she even freaked out when I was carrying a large carrot. Having her legs touched was a particular phobia for her, to the extent that she was even dangerous under sedation. We’ve been using positive reinforcement and clicker training, and she is now headcollarable, groomable, and farrierable (well front feet at least). It’s completely amazing how forgiving and accepting horses can be, despite all the things that happen to them – I can’t believe how brave she’s been to come so far, so soon. It’s massively humbling seeing how much can be done by guys like Horse Sense Wirral (Herbert Pirie) who see something that needs changing, so they change it! (Written by Tamzin Furtado)
Friday morning 3rd June, we received a call from the lovely Cheshire Equine Clinic as they had been called out to tend to a stray foal, found in a farmers field near Tattenhall. As the field had been sprayed with pesticides a local yard had taken him in and called the vet out to check him over and advise them what to do next, at which point we were called in to collect him.
We have no idea where he has come from or where his mummy is, whilst he is old enough at 3 or 4 months old to survive without his mummy, it’s really heart braking to think he has just been snatched away from her, he keeps calling for her, bless him.
The quick thinking of the farmer and yard involved really has saved this little man and the actions of Cheshire Equine Clinic who have also kindly taken bloods from him to check for any signs of infectious diseases for us.
Big thanks also to Stuart Jones for running out to us with an urgent delivery for us, including mares milk replacer, he is old enough to survive without milk, but given that it’s obvious he’s been been thru no proper weaning process, it just gives him a bit of comfort while we slowly move him on to a big boy diet & also to Zone Fitness, Neston who kindly donated a shaker for mixing is milk & as always our volunteers who were on site to prepare for his arrival while Margi and Amy went to collect him.
We will, as always give any owner 7 days to come forward with proof of ownership to claim him and if not after his 2 week isolation period he will be a play pal for baby Morgan.
Hope For Horses has a Facebook page, Website and Twitter page and is ran by a group of people fighting to make a change for neglected horses in the UK. They are not a charity, they are a dedicated team working every hour to this cause.
Below you will see their links, you can read the history of how it all began. Most importantly is the link for their petition, please sign, even one signature is another step forward. Or get all your friends/family and colleagues to sign too. Thank you
CAMPAIGNING FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF EXISTING WELFARE LAWS FOR NEGLECTED HORSES IN THE UK
Or Paper Petitionhttp://fossehorses.files.wordpress.com/2014/06/petition.pdf
To see the history of this campaign which started in February 2014 please visithttp://hopeforhorses.co.uk/about-us/who-we-are/