Three horses from an ILPH equine welfare centre are being loaned to Otley College, near Ipswich, where they will be used by students studying on equine courses.

Sneezy, Molly (pictured) and McGill will help students in the practical elements of the Horse Management, and Animal Science courses, as well as hands-on therapy for special needs.

Tony Tyler, manager at the ILPH’s Hall Farm in Snetterton, said: “The three horses that we are loaning the college have been especially chosen for their kind natures and ease of handling.

“McGill was not a cruelty case, but the other two were, and it’s good to know that horses that have been abused themselves will be instrumental in educating young people about good horse welfare.”

Gerda Werner, Equine Lecturer at Otley College said: “Otley College is delighted to have the ILPH horses spend time with our students. Our Horse Management students are particularly looking forward to putting their stable management theory into practice.

“We intend to provide a friendly, stimulating environment for the horses, as we understand they have led difficult lives.”

About the ILPH horses

McGill
A 16.2hh, 14-year-old grey Irish Draught gelding. He arrived at the ILPH in September2001 and was slightly underweight. He has a history of COPD.

Sneezy
A 14hh, nine-year-old dapple grey New Forest gelding. He came to the ILPH in March 1995 as a yearling and was part of an RSPCA case. He has been out on loan twice as a riding pony.

Molly
A 15hh, 11-year-old dark bay Welsh Cob mare. She arrived at the ILPH in November 1996 as an RSPCA case, so far Molly has been out on loan three times and is prone to sweet itch.