It is with great sadness that we bring you the news of the passing of…
Storm Eunice wreaked havoc throughout the UK, having been recorded as one of the worst storms we have seen in decades. The impact it has had on our communities and already financially stretched charities has been devastating.
We hope that you and your loved ones remained safe and have not been impacted by this storm personally. We have been overwhelmed with messages of support for both the horses and our care team and we all thank you for your incredible kindness, as we continue to work through the scale of the damage
As compassionate animal lovers and loyal friends of The Horse Trust, we know many of you feared, as did we, for the safety of our animals. We’re relieved to tell you that all the 126 horses, ponies and donkeys in our care were kept safe from danger thanks to the advance preparations and quick actions of our dedicated team.
Sadly, although we prepared as much as we could, our team and horses were left terrified as we helplessly watched the storm rip through our exposed site, tearing apart many of the facilities the horses so desperately need. Damage to structures critical to our rescue horses and retired working horses are estimated to surpass £30,000 in uninsured losses.
Over 1700 meters of fencing from the paddocks and their exercise school has been ruined or requires repair as soon as possible. This heavy-duty fencing is critical for the welfare of our horses and prevents our much-loved residents from ending up on roads risking injury or death to not only themselves but people as well. Fencing repairs from disasters as a result of storm winds unfortunately cannot be recovered.
Several field shelters, which our horses always need more of have been destroyed and recouping the losses of the ones ruined by the storm will take time. They are vital for our older horses or those admitted with welfare issues, that have never had human contact and get extremely nervous in confined stables.
Though we continue to remain hopeful, this has a direct impact on the income we need to look after all the residents in our care and to keep The Horse Trust running. It costs over £180,000 a year to supply the medicines, food, homing and rehabilitation our horses, ponies and donkeys rely on. This is why we are urgently asking for your help.
Any gift, big or small, will aide us in recovering the facilities our horses so desperately need.
Thank you for your continued kindness, generosity and support.