Our Past Horses
Since our inception, we have helped many horses, some in desperate need (welfare cases), some direct from their owners and trainers and various other circumstances. They can all be found below....
Albi - story
Bishop Stone Pond
Corrib Eclipse - story
Deep Space - story
Loop the Loup
Talk Talk - story
Bablibop - story
Cosy Tiger - story
Korakor - story
Mojo - story
Dave - story
Inaugural - story
Leave It Be
Made of More
Monaassib - story
Supreme Glory - story
Wild Sky - story
Deep River Bay
Little Gem - story
Surprise Encounter story
Wing Collar - story
READ THEIR STORIES
Welfare Case Winner of £200,000
This horse was 3 days off of being destroyed. A prolific winner in his time as a steeple chaser, having negotiated and completed some of the toughest courses in the country, we could not deny him a place with us. After finishing his racing career he went hunting. Hired out for a days entertainment with ill fitting tack, resulting in severe saddle and bridle scaring . Not able to fulfill his duties as a hireling on a regular basis he was going to be PTS.
His problems were multiple, clearly lacking in nutrition, rain scaled and mud fever. At 17 years old and 17h he clearly did not enjoy the job and lost a lot of weight through worry of the days hunting.
A careful feeding regime and TLC on his troubled body saw him blossom and 3 months later he was able to start light ridden work proving to be a very kind and sensible chap. He fully recovered and remained with us for the rest of his days.
Albi passed away in Feb 2021 at 28 years of age.
15.2 Bay Gelding. 6 years old - Rescued from the Bull Ring In France
Trained and raced in France and showing little on the track this 5 year old was going to be sent to the Bull ring to tease and train the bulls for the so called spectacle of bull fighting.
Brought back to England by a young lady who took pity on his pending plight.
We gave him a few weeks to settle as he clearly struggled to interact with other horses, and had no idea how much fun rolling in mud could be. His return to ridden work was uneventful although a quiet rider was needed as being heavy handed with him would have resulted in a display of misunderstanding.
Billy liked a routine and could get a little unsettled if things were changed quickly.
Billy found his forever home and is now living on the edge of Exmoor.
15.2.Bay Gelding - Ran 21 times - Wins 4 | Double Eclipse - Last Nights Fun | Trainer Ian Williams
Queen Axexandra Winner - Royal Ascot
Little Jeffrey as we called him was just the bees knees of ex-racers. This was another of our friend Dawns charges at IanWilliams Racing and again one of her favorites. She was delighted when we said yes to taking him in and all the volunteers loved him. He was not all that keen on jumping although he didn't make a bad job of it, it was just not really his cup of tea despite having been hurdling. It's hard to say a bad word about Jeffrey although he did have a habit of chewing anything that was left within his reach, lead ropes and his reigns if you were not watching. He was a very good 'doer' and hardly ever sweated up when in work which is unusual. Jeff was such a gentleman that he was ridden in a large field by a 10 year old who had never cantered a racehorse in her life let alone galloped putting a huge smile on her face.
Jeffery lives quite local to us here in Somerset.
16.2 H - Hold That Tiger - Cozelia
Runs 26 - Wins 3 -Trainer Willie Musson
Cozy Tiger or as we called him Alan, came over from the USA as a 3 year old, and within a short time the trainer noticed something was wrong with him.
A blood sample revealed a rare condition, commonly only found in the USA called EPM EQUINE PROTOZOAL MYELOENCEPHALITIS. EPM is caused by the parasite Sarcocystis Neurona. Horses commonly contract EPM from grazing in areas where animals like Raccoons, Armadillo’s and Skunks have defecated. Horses cannot pass the disease among themselves, that is, one horse cannot contract the disease from another.
The signs are difficult to distinguish from other problem, such as lameness which can be attributed to many different causes. EPM is treatable with antiprotozoal drugs but irreversible, damage to the nervous system is possible.
In Short Cozy Tiger suffered from muscle wastage on his nearside hind quarter but continued to race and win 3 times, because of his rather wonky bum it was always going to be difficult for the owner or trainer to find him a home.
Sending him to us would safe guard the future for this lovely unique boy. So despite Alan having a unusual looking rear end he was a gent to ride, alone or in company on roads or in the wide open countryside.
Alan found a home on the Devon border.
16.1 Bay Gelding
Dave came in at the request of World Horse Welfare. 16 yrs old and in a bit of a state to say the least.
He had been kept in this condition due to the fact that he had shown to be a little sharp and strong to ride and was easier to ride if kept a "Little Light in Condition".
Dave was a very sad and poorly chap and was quite dull in his eye. But within 24 hours and making friends with Corrib Eclipse (Jeffery) he seemed to cheer up. Nutrition was of course the main area of concentration 4 small feeds a day, doctor green, a good rug and warm stable, soon saw an improvement in his condition.
After 3 months we started him in light work and did a little schooling.
His flat work was pretty good but dressage would not have been his forte.
He could be a little strong in open spaces but not with any malice, and he was a dream to ride out alone and in company.
Proving that kindness and understanding really does work.
He was definatly not anybody's ride and was returned a couple of times from loan homes, but finaly found his forever home in Dorset.
16H Bay Gelding - Ran 35 Times - Wins 6 - Trainer - Ed Dunlop | Green Desert — Dream Season | Winner of the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot 1999
Ed Dunlop had a lot of fun with him and he won a few good races for him including the Wokingham Stakes at Royal Ascot in 1999, ridden by Gary Carter.
He was also third in the John Smiths Listed race, but despite being highly rated he was unfortunately not of Group standard so it was decided that he would be retired at 6 years old. Famous jockeys to have ridden him include Keiron Fallon, Pat Eddery and Frankie Dettori, in fact Frankie rode him in his very last race.
After his retraining at the charity, Spacey went on to do Endurance. Despite doing well in his first season, after 8 months we decided it was in his best interest to return to us. He had suffered stress laminitis and had become very head shy through harsh handling he would only let those who he really trusted to bridle him. His attitude in the stable was not always desirable, he could be a bit of a grump and seemed to take an unreasonable dislike to some people who then become sport to him! We knew that he was really a complete softie, and if you stand him down he is quite pathetic – easier said than done if he is gnashing his teeth at you!! However, his ridden work was exemplary, as long as you didn't ask him to do any schooling or jumping.
Spacey lived the rest of his life here with us and passed away at the age of 22 and is buried with his best mate Wild Sky.
16.1 Bay Gelding, | Roger Charlton
The lovely George. What can you say about a 4 year old like this. Takes everything in his stride and just loves life.
Bred by HRH The Queen but did not make the grade so went on to an eventer to see if he had other talents.
He does have talents but maybe not up to Badminton standard.
George and another of HRHs horses, Zethes ended up in need of welfare assistance having fallen into the wrong hands and came to us.
Both were suffering with skin problems due to having been thrown out in mid-winter without rugs, which is not something TBs are best coping with.
it didn't take long sorting this problem out, a good shampoo, warm rug and decent food and shelter.
He started work proving to be a prefect gentleman in all aspects.
He was an exhausted youngster though, and spent most of his days flat out asleep, a lot of our time was wasted just waiting for George to wake up.
Thankfully hes now a proper grown adult and stays awake for much longer periods.
.He now resides in north Somerset enjoying being a riding club all rounder.
16.3 Chestnut Geldinng - Ran 41 times - 7 wins | Nikos - Aniflore | Trainer I williams
The most beautiful eyes that you would ever see on a horse was on Kokopops. It was the first thing everyone noticed when they met him.
Coupled with a gold encrusted coat he was everyone's favorite.
By no means was Koko a novice riders horse, he was a good chaser in his time and did not take to be left behind too kindly. Due to a very nasty injury to his hock, he would never be in the show ring or do dressage but he did enjoy himself pleasure rides and a bit of show jumping. He was brilliant, but when it came to double fillers he had a problem, not having a furlong in between was alian to him. Koko did go to a home and was very happy for 5 years, but sadly was returned due to family comittments.
He returned with a gum disease called Gingeivitus which has now left him with no teeth at all. But this horse is not only beautiful he is also resorcefull and providing he has 4 feeds a day making up 80% of his fibre he has no problem maintaining a good waistline.
Koko Pops will remain here with us for the rest of his life. He's always our No 1 priority.
Little Gem was only 14.2, just 3 years old and in a dreadful state. Bred to race, but with fore leg deformities she was destined only for the meat market. We had to pay £200 to the ownertrainer to save her life. Being riddled with worms and lice were the least of her problems. She suffered from Chronic Sinusitis and partial sight in one eye, the result of abuse and serious neglect. Fearful of men, through obvious mistreatment, she trusted only the female members of the team. Impacted teeth problems and serious infection constantly plagued this forgiving little lady.
Never once did she complain about being used as a pin cushion, having to be sedated each time our vet visited due to him being male. After 6 months it was decided to put her through any morewas unfair. Certain problems were irreversible. We can only comfort ourselves in the knowledge that we gave her the best care, love and affection in the last months of her very short life. We were rewarded with her love and renewed trust in the human race. Andrew Walker our vet at the time was amazing. He got attached to this little girl and was quite upset when we lost the battle. He definitely deserves a mention here, as without his help she would not have had a quality end to her life. R.I.P GEM
15.2 Chestnut Gelding Ran 35 times | wins 8 Total Prize money 350,000 | RESCUE
Mojo had retired from racing at the age of 7 and ended up in the hands of the inexperienced. Left to fend for himself without proper feeding or shelter for 6 years. The fact that he had a good start in life helped him survive. Others in the care of the same people were not so lucky, youngsters who did not have the strength to fight for their life, losing the fight after their rescue.
Mojo was in dire need of TLC of the most deserving kind. Suffering from malnutrition, mud fever, rain scaled, lice, worms you name it he had it. His vaccinations, foot and dental care had also been ignored for a considerable time.
Within days we realized that the personality and temperament of Mojo was impeccable. Having to be bathed and creamed for up to 3 hours at a time, standing, quietly munching hay, happy to let us deal with his multiple bleeding sores and scabs.
A head collar had clearly been left on for a considerable time as deep scaring was visible over his poll and jaw line. Despite all his discomfort he never once showed any disagreement to his treatment.
Three weeks on, and a complete clip was in order as his skin and coat was all but dead and peeling off in lumps. Under all that matted unkempt coat, there emerged a very handsome horse.
Within 3 months he looked like a completely different animal, things that had not changed were his impeccable manners and beautiful personality. He returned to ridden work with the absolute minimum effort on our part, two days of walking him out in hand fully tacked was all we needed to do. Not once did he give us any cause for concern, hacking solo, in traffic, in company nothing bothered him, in fact he enjoyed being ridden and would adapt to his rider's ability, whether they were a complete novice or experienced rider. A true Gent.
6 months on and not a trace of a scab or scar,
a couple of shows under his belt he was ready to find a loving home.
16 H Chestnut Gelding - Ran 36 times - Wins 11
Cammidge Trophy - Prix de Ris-Orangis | Benazet Rennen - Scottish Equitable Abernant Stakes.
Cadeaux Genereux - Pluvial | Trainer E A L Dunlop
Was trained in New Market by Ed Dunlop and won 11 races, including the Cammidge Trophy, Doncaster in 1998, Prix de Ris-Orangis, Deauville in 1997, Benazet Rennen, Baden Baden also in 1997, Scottish Equitable Abernant Stakes, Newmarket 1997,and around £250,000 in prize money.
Monie was a favorite with all the volunteers and was often ridden by children (then aged 12 and 9). Although naturally very quick there was no malice in him at all, as long as you weren't worried about his turn of foot then he was a smashing ride.
He, like Deep space had a love for Cranberry Juice but a severe dislike of donkeys.
He stayed with us for 7 months taking every new experience in his stride. Monee was a borderline school master and learnt at the age of 12 that jumping, and pleasure rides were fun. Monaassib was returned after 5 years and then went to live localy.
In his later years he returned to us with severe bladder problems which caused urine rash on his legs.
Between ourselves and our vet we tried various ways to help reverse this problem. Draining his bladder and flushing it out to remove the heavy sediment that was causing the problem. but to no avail.
Daily washing and dressing of his legs made little impact on the problem and this gentle horse started to become agitated at the treatment, so we stopped treating it and made the heartbreaking decision.
But he had a fantastic last 6 months of his life back where he belonged. He put on weight, looked fantastic in his glorious liver chestnut coat.
Monaassib 28, lays his head down with his good friends Deep Space, 22, Wild Sky, 21 and his beloved pony Royal Imp 45.
Welsh National WINNER - 2nd Grand National
16.2 Bay Gelding - Ran 25 times - Wins 4 | Supreme Leader - Pentlows | Trainer Pat Murphy
Well how proud were we to have this charming chap as a permanent resident and PR agent.
A big old fashioned chaser who is just a real gent and lovely ride. He amazed us when we took him to the Brooke Charity show that we attend every year in Tiverton. He even did the fun Handy Pony class and amazed the crowd by standing on a rug.
Then a trip to Buckham Fair run by TV's favorite actor Martin Clunes and his lovely wife Phillipa.
Entering the fair from the wrong direction, we ended up actually weaving our way through the fair ground crowded with around 2 thousand visitors, all of which he didn't take any notice of.
Unexpectedly we were asked to parade in the main arena with Supreme Glory and Wild Sky and had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Clunes for a photo opportunity.
This invite then came every year with usbeing in the main area. Supreme Glory was incredably well behaved. He also had a day at Exeter Racecourse in their retired racehorse stable, on this occasion he was not too keen as he thought he was going back on the track.
Lambourn open day was another opportunity for him to do us proud and he certainly did, although we think he would seriously liked to have had a blast up the hill to show that he may be a little older but would still give Monsignor a run for his money.
Pat Murphy his trainer was also very pleased to see him and brought a small crowd to the box to say hello.
In his later years he was found to have a heart problem and so retired from ridden work and public appearances. Being the boss of the herd was his joy in life, no one walked through the gate or barn door before him, if they attempted it he would just give them "THE LOOK"
Alfie enjoyed 6 years fully retired here and passed away at 28 years old
Royal Hunt Cup Royal Ascot WINNER
16.2. Chestnut Gelding - Ran 30 times - Wins 6 | Cadeaux Genereux - Scandalette | Trainer E A L Dunlop
Surprise Encounter winner of 6 Races including the Royal Hunt Cup 2001, ridden by Frankie Detorri.
When Surprise arrived he came with his lad Steve armed with extra strongs, polos and Ginger Biscuits, yes he was addicted to them. Steve cared for Suprise for some years and clearly had a very soft spot for him.
Prize was a little awkward to re-school, he could be one stubborn personality and when he decided things were going to be his way or no way, you certainly know about it. Quite often we had to resort to bluff tactics to get what we wanted.
Despite all his efforts to control the situation, he showed himself to be a true gentleman on his first outing to the local show with Impy as nanny, and also excelled himself on a 12 mile pleasure ride with Sky and Space. He was the nicest horse to do on the ground very loving and a child could bring him in from the paddock.
He had a few homes and each time he got the better of the rider and so he came back to us, quite often with a smug smile on his face as if to say "I'm Home"
Sadly in his last home he suffered a bout of colic and did not survive.
A tragic loss of a true beauty.
15.3 Bay Gelding - Ran 3 times- wins 0 | Oratorio - Sybella - In The Wings | Trainer - B Meehan
Advertised on the internet for £300. Having had an injury and a 50 -50 chance of recovery, at that price he could end up in the wrong hands.
We must point out we do not buy horses. So a phone call to the advertiser explaining how we could help resulted in us collecting him 2 days later. He looked so tiny so we called him Tim.
Tim is an absolute sweetie and has not got a bad bone in his body, he loves to be with humans and just lacks spacial awareness sometimes as he would literally sit on your lap if he could. He was never going to make it as a race horse, he could have been anything else, but not that.
Clearly he had not been given the time off that he needed so we turned him out for a few months.
Being one so young he is a little mischievous and can get himself into trouble, so we never knew what to expect on a daily basis.
Despite being the most incredibly well behaved youngster ever, his leg injury can not be rectified, dispite an attempt to perform stemcell treatment which turned out not to be of benefit.
Choices being to put him down or keep him as another lawn mower.
And so he will remain here for the rest of his days.
15.3 Brown Gelding - Trainer Clive Cox
Having had 18 months at the trainers yard it seemed the syndicate no longer wanted him, so Clive asked us to take this cheeky then 7 year old.
A master of all things equine, evolving from a flat racer to a low level eventer, dressage diva and show jumper.
But Sky had an edge that only a few could tolerate. Rearing parallel followed by an equally parallel buck with a lightning spin thrown in for good measure.
His beautiful near black coat and the question mark as a blaze, saw many possible loanees fall in love until they were informed of the acrobatics he was in favor of doing.
So as Tessa and Sky had this amazing bond between them, he was removed form the rehoming list. He continued to enjoy various activities for many years with his beloved mate Deep Space.
After 14 1/2 years living here as a permanent resident our darling, cheeky, unpredictable but talented Sky passed away in June 2015 with his loving volunteer family around him.
He rests his head next to Little Impy and more recently with his old friend Deep Space
THE THREE AMIGOS REUNITED.
THE TRIO THAT WERE THE ESSENCE OF THE CHARITY.
REST YOUR BEAUTIFUL HEADS MY LOVLIES.