Horse Trust Finds Home for Rescue Horse Disney
11 August 2010: Spindles Farm rescue horse Disney travelled 40 miles on Friday from The Horse Trust in Speen, Buckinghamshire, to his new home with the Horse Rangers Association in East Molesey,
Disney is the first of the Spindles Farm horses living at The Horse Trust to be found a new home. In May 2010, the Gray family lost their appeal case, which means the charity can finally start looking for a permanent home for some of the horses in its care.
When Disney was rescued from Spindles Farm, he was severely underweight and suffering from a salmonella infection. The Horse Trust nurtured Disney back to health and within a year he weighed nearly double his original weight. As Disney has never been ridden before, The Horse Trust needed to find a new owner who would be able to train him from scratch.
Liane Crowther, Welfare and Education Officer at The Horse Trust, said the Horse Rangers Association, a charity which helps young people to learn how to ride and care for horses, is the ideal home for Disney as he is a calm, sociable horse who is good with children.
"We are thrilled that the Horse Rangers Association has been able to offer Disney a new home. I'm sure he will love being pampered by the Rangers!" said Liane. "Disney will be missed by all the staff, volunteers and visitors to the sanctuary - he was a firm favourite amongst visitors because of his cheeky and inquisitive personality."
"Disney travelled like a dream - given his background I thought he might be nervous about getting on a trailer again, but he was absolutely fine," said
Horse Ranger Layla Thompson, 14, said she is pleased that the Horse Rangers Association has been able to take in Disney. “After everything Disney has been through, he really deserves to be properly looked after and Horse Rangers will be the perfect home for him," said Layla. "I hope that interacting with all the Rangers will help him to forget about the past and build up trust again.”
Mae Thompson, Layla’s twin sister, added: “I’m really excited that Disney has come to Horse Rangers. He will fit in really well as he’s a good size between our smaller and larger horses. He should have another 20 years ahead of him and will get lots of love and attention here. It’s a second chance for him to have a happy life and he will be able to bring happiness to lots of Rangers too.”
Disney's journey from The Horse Trust to the Horse Rangers Association was filmed by True North Productions for BBC One's Animal 24:7 programme. Disney's story is likely to feature in the series later this year.
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