Spindles Farm’s Disney enjoying new life with Horse Rangers

  • Spindles Farm rescue horse Disney is settling into life with the Horse Rangers Association (HRA) after being rehomed by The Horse Trust.

    The Horse Trust was one of a number of UK charities which rehabilitated horses removed from trader James Gray’s Buckinghamshire farm in January 2008.

    When he arrived at The Horse Trust in Speen, the unbroken colt was emaciated and suffering from a salmonella infection.

    He was rehomed in August 2010 to the HRA, a charity which helps young people to learn how to ride and care for horses. And, according to Theresa Barrett, stable manager at the HRA, his training has exceeded all expectations.

    “Disney’s training has progressed amazingly fast. After just two weeks of training, I was able to sit on him and begin ridden work,” she said.

    “Over the past couple of months, all the grooms have been riding him regularly and we plan to have Horse Rangers riding him within three or four months.

    “He has been the dream horse to back as he is so chilled out.”

    Liane Crowther, who manages the rehoming scheme at The Horse Trust, was delighted to hear about Disney’s progress.

    “I thought he would be the perfect horse for the HRA because of his personality, but it’s always hard to know how long it will take to train a horse, particularly a rescue horse that has had a traumatic experience,” said Liane.

    “When Disney arrived at The Horse Trust in January 2008, I wasn’t sure if he would survive. I’m thrilled that he’s got such a bright future ahead of him training kids to ride.”

    Not only is Disney’s backing progressing well, but he has also coped well with living in the HRA’s busy stable complex.

    “We have around 300 children passing through here at weekends, so it’s quite a lot for a horse to get used to. But Disney has taken it in his stride and loves the attention from the children,” said Theresa.

    The Horse Trust is currently looking for a home for various horses, including Spindles Farm rescue horse Star. To offer a home to Star or another horse, contact The Horse Trust on 01494 488 464 or info@horsetrust.org.uk

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