Volunteers needed for veterans

  • Veteran Horse Society urgently seeks volunteers from around the country to help rehome horses over the age of 15

    The Veteran Horse Society wants to hear from people from aroundthe country, either with BHS qualifications or who are “very experienced with horses” to act as field officers.

    Their job involves checking prospective carers of horses in need of rehoming.

    “We act as a link between owners who want to retire their horses and find them a good home and people who want to provide a caring home to an old horse, ” said VHS director Julianne Aston.

    The horses presently needing rehoming include: Maizey, a 20-year-old 16.1hh grey throughbred mare (pictured above right); Ali, a 21-year-old 16.1 bright chestnut gelding; and Woody, a 26-year-old grey Welsh section B mare.

    “None of the horses or ponies we rehome would be suitable for competition – only quiet hacking.”

    The society recently moved to the Welsh coast at St Dogmaels in Cardigan.

    “We have 15 acres and a small farm but there’s only space for neglected or badly treated horses that will either end their days here, or need time to recover before being rehomed,” said Julianne.

    The society, which promotes the veteran horse through showing classes throughout the country in conjunction with the feed supplement company, Super Solvitax, currently has four full time members of staff, 15 part-time co-ordinators and 10 field officers.

    If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, a member or want more information on rehoming contact the Veteran Horse Society (tel: 01239 881300).

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