EVERY HORSE IS PRECIOUS
From time to time and in conjunction with The Werdmuller Trust and McGregor CARE Riverstone Farm Equestrian Center helps with the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and abandoned horses. Below are some of the cases we have helped over the past few years. We continue to monitor the ones that have survived and are available to help with any other cases that may arise. The cost of rescuing and caring for these horses has in the past been borne entirely by the Werdmuller Trust and Deirdre Scott-Rogerson.
Prince with cooling ice packs on his feet receiving an IV drip - desperately trying to keep him comfortable
Rescued from a Guest Farm April 2008 starving, uncared for, he was covered in lice and had mud fever on all four legs, the skin on his back was rotting and he was so weak he could barely stand. Even the vet felt that Kingsley was a lost cause, but with intensive care and eight tiny feeds a day he started slowly to improve. He is now happily homed (on permanent loan) to a lovely lady in Wellington who pampers and loves him.
Found his way to Houtbaai farm McGregor and made himself very comfortable. He had deep wounds to either side of his mouth; he was thin and covered in sores. His hooves were in a terrible condition and he bought an attitude of ‘you are here to do what I say’ with him! After dealing with his initial wounds, seeing to his teeth and getting him vaccinated, Pat Werdmuller found him a good home. Then the whole story turned around as his previous owners turned up with the police to claim him. Cheeky Charlie had apparently been stolen, and ridden a long way away from his home. According to the law he was returned to his previous owners.
Rescued from a Guest Farm in April 2009 starving, un-cared for, covered in sores, she was taken to Pat Werdmuller’s farm where about a week later she sadly had to be put down having lost the will to fight on.
Misty and Prince
Rescued from a farm May 2009 both were suffering from acute colic and needed intravenous drips administered by the headlight of the bakkie in a muddy field followed by intensive care. Misty pulled through, but Prince succumbed to secondary gas colic and severe laminitis and had to be put down, he was 3yrs old. Misty is now living in Cape Town and with her new owner; she is helping to educate children about how to take care of horses.
This horse was in a paddock at the bottom of which was a badly rotted carcass of a dead horse, for a companion she had the dead horses foal. She had managed to get wire from a fallen down fence wrapped tightly around her back leg and would not let anyone near her. I spent four hours trying to persuade her I wouldn’t hurt her, and although she let me touch her and put a rope around her neck she wouldn't let put a halter on her. Eventually Pat Werdmuller of the Werdmuller Trust organised and paid for a vet from Swellendam to come and dart the horse and attend to her injuries. The horse and foal have now been moved to a proper paddock and seem to be doing well.
Amy and Rosie
From the SPCA Grassy Park, Amy was with me at Bellissima Stud until March 2009 when she got colic and we couldn't save her. Her foal Rosie (the ugliest baby I have ever seen!!!) turned into a beautiful swan and is now living in Wellington with a little girl called Tatiana who loves her to bits. Amy was a quiet gentle soul that all the horses ended up loving and Rosie took on her mothers good temperament.
Rescued from Wellington May 2009 from a very loving home that simply didn’t know how to take care of her. She was very ‘spoilt’ and as a consequence became dangerous to handle. Her rehabilitation was started at Bellissima Stud and she was re-homed to an experienced and permanent home in Cape Town where they continued with her re-education. She is now being ridden by a young girl who is truly enjoying her. At one stage we thought about breeding with her as she was young and had a good pedigree, but during her time at Bellissima it became obvious she needed one person to be her ‘special person’.
Bracken Three Socks
Bought from a dealer September 2008 in very poor condition she was still suckling from her mother at eighteen months old she was badly frightened to get her into a horsebox and delivered to Bellissima. Had I not bought her she would have been on the next truck to the slaughterhouse. Bracken is now happy, healthy and fat and living with her new owner Samantha in George.
Madelon and Byonybrightwater
Given to Bellissima by Riverton Stud Robertson. Her owner could no longer afford to keep her and she was on the line to be put down. Her foal was a trial managing to injure herself on everything! But both are now happy and healthy despite Bryony’s best efforts to injure herself!
Madelon bred one foal for Bellissima, by a beautiful South African Warmblood Stallion called Rivendell Dickens. This foal Bodhiken is currently being produced by Karin Koep at Rivendell Stud.
nine months later
Prince and Misty before the colic