Horses thrive at Belwade

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Horses rescued from a farm in Aberdeenshire are said to be thriving after undergoing rehabilitation at World Horse Welfare’s Belwade Farm.

Twenty five horses were taken into care after the high profile investigation involving 65-year-old Valerie Pritchard of Cuminestown, Turriff which began in May 2009. Earlier this month Pritchard was sentenced at Banff Sheriff Court where she was given a lifetime ban from keeping animals and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

The rescued horses have been undergoing extensive treatment and rehabilitation at Belwade Farm in Aboyne as many were emaciated and had poor health and conformation due to indiscriminate breeding.

Due to the expertise, care and hard work of staff at Belwade Farm, the majority have now been rehomed where some are being used as ridden ponies, companions, and some may be brought on to be driven.

Four more are now ready for rehoming, which are Hebe, Peggy Sue, Atom and Woody who would all make good companions, handlers say.

All four arrived at Belwade Farm underweight and covered in lice.

Hebe who is a bay mare took a long time to settle as she was very nervous. But she has made good progress and she would benefit from a quiet, experienced home to build her confidence.

Peggy Sue, despite her initial poor condition, quickly returned to normal health and gained confidence and she has turned out to be a really sweet mare with a lovely nature.

Eileen Gillen, centre manager at Belwade Farm said: “The horses from the Pritchard case have responded really well since being in our care and it’s amazing how well they have come on in both their physical condition as well as their personalities.

“It’s really important to rehome the horses into loving new homes so they can lead happy lives, but it also allows us to bring in more needy horses as we never know when we might get our next big case.”