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Blue Cross is appealing for horse owners to provdide a home to their recent rescue horses

Blue Cross has been inundated with a batch of young cobs this spring, bringing the charity’s rehoming centres to bursting point. The pet charity is appealing for urgent assistance from experienced horse owners with the knowledge and facilities to provide homes for some of these smart youngsters, many of whom are ready to be backed.

During the first three months of 2014, Blue Cross admitted 60 horses and ponies, 30% more than last year, over-filling its two centres in Oxfordshire and Staffordshire and putting pressure on resources. 51 are cobs that were found abandoned and neglected but with the potential to become versatile riding horses. Ranging in height from 13hh upwards and aged from two years, many of these bay, skewbald and piebald cobs are now ready for new homes where their training can continue. By finding homes for these horses, Blue Cross will be able to free up space at its centres to take on more urgent welfare cases that need immediate help.

Vicki Alford, Horse Manager at Blue Cross Burford, explains: “We are seriously struggling with space and resources at the moment. This means we can’t easily give the horses that are ready to progress the time and training they need. Most of these cobs have good conformation, movement and temperaments. We have laid the foundations for their initial handling and training and are now offering knowledgeable riders a great opportunity to take on a calibre youngster that they can have the satisfaction of backing and bringing on themselves.”

It is estimated that more than 7,000 horses and ponies are currently at risk in the UK. This escalating welfare crisis has had a huge impact on the country’s horse charities in terms of funding as well as resources. To find out more about how you can give a cob a home or make a donation to Blue Cross please visit www.bluecross.org.uk. The Blue Cross supported loan scheme offers borrowers financial help with vaccinations and worming costs until the horse is four years old.

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