At The Horse Trust we are facing our toughest year in recent memory. Our horses urgently need your help. Can they count on you?
Over the last few months the world has changed rapidly in continual response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which means we are all coping with unprecedented levels of uncertainty. It is undoubtedly one of the toughest crises we, as a nation, have ever faced and charities everywhere are under immense pressure due to the loss of income and increased demand for their services.
Even during this pandemic our priority is, and always has been, to ensure our 149 horses, ponies and donkeys who have served the nation or who have come to us as neglected, abandoned and in desperate need of emergency veterinary treatment, are given the highest standard of care they truly deserve. Day to day, we’re still continuing with our behavioural training where we can, administering emergency veterinary treatment and checking each of our beloved horses twice a day, every day.
We rely entirely on the generosity of the public to fund our work and due to the pandemic we have experienced a serious funding shortfall. We have had to cancel all of our events, on which we rely so heavily to support our horses, and have had to close our doors to visitors for the foreseeable future. This has already cost The Horse Trust at least £80,000 in lost revenue. This is a huge portion of our annual income which goes towards caring for our horses.
This is why we are turning to you and asking you to help us care for our horses during this unprecedented time of uncertainty, which shows no signs of abating. Our retired horses tend to be larger than average and generally need to eat a great deal more forage than the average retired horse or pony to keep healthy. We are expert in making a little go a very long way and every penny counts. Any gift you can make, big or small, will help towards the care of our retired and rescued residents.
Our horses do not stop needing care during a pandemic, and with your help, neither will we.
Thank you for your kindness, generosity and support.