I moved to the North West 3 years ago with my daughter Isla, and my then 18 year old throughbred Forest 'Fonzy' Heath. Since then we have taken on Mister Hendre and Bing. All three of these horses were to go for slaughter, as they had either acquired injuries that required prolonged recuperation, or reached the twilight of their racing careers - both situations that means they are not financially viable.
Forest 'Fonzy' Heath ran 37 times, and was placed 7 times, and then retired with injury after requiring stem cell treatment having damage his semitendonosus. Fonzy will be enjoying his last few beach rides in Spring 2019 before settling into well earnt retirement
Mr Hendre hurdled 21 times, was placed 5 time, and following tendon injury in his front right was unfit to race again. He is now retrained and will be entering his first BE events in 2019
King of Paradise 'Bing' ran 60 times on the flat, and ways placed 18 times with 7 wins. Bing came to us 6 months ago, lame, with the meet van literally on its wat. After identifying an abscess he was successfully treated and now continues his recovery back towards full health and returning to work.
In A Pickle 'Orange' only rand a few times, but is not completing at 3*, and represents what these horses of capable of, and deserve.
All three of the current throughbreds we have are gentle and intelligent, allowing themselves to be lead by our young children, and have participated in healing and mindfulness workshops at our yard.
The simple fact is we have run out of space on our yard. We are not a registered charity, but are looking for financial assistance and donations to help us in the purchase of a field shelter. With the land that this will stand on, we will be able to prevent further thoroughbreds from slaughter.