To let everyone share in our excitement in their improvement, we thought we would
highlight the great progress some animals
She was found by the RSPCA in a barn with several other horses who were all dead or dying. This resulted in a major court case for cruelty, which got a lot of press because the owner was a famous competitor. The RSPCA inspector described it as “the worst case I have ever seen”.
She was then homed to a couple who couldn’t manage her and beat her when she reared up. She was taken back to the RSPCA for many months before Gill looked in on her. They fell in love “as you do”, Gill said. By then her legs were also quite badly cut after some other mares in the field turned on her and drove her into farm implements.
Gill named her Barcardi Breezer (‘B’ for short) and started a patient trust-
“Vav’s treatment has helped enormously”, Gill said. “Just the expression on B’s face
after the treatment told you that.” They started dressage training and then took
“When Vav got busy with her new Centre, I had to try some local therapists. They couldn’t put their hands on her, B was still timid and slow to trust. But Vav came back and just got straight on with the treatment.”
So this mare has gone from major problem – rescued near death, then beaten and injured,
through the backing process and now to national competition. “B loves her Auntie
Vav. I’m sure we wouldn’t have got this far without her”. But this has to be a great
testimony to the generosity and patience of her owner -