A HEALTHY foal named Galahad has been born at the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre. The mother was a severely neglected mare rescued from a Granada breeding yard by the Rojales rescue centre.
The birth came just a week after a second mare from the same rescue operation also gave birth to a healthy colt and visitors can meet both foals when the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre holds its next free, monthly open day on May 3.
“It’s amazing that the foals have arrived so well considering the terrible condition the mares were in when we got them three months ago,” said co-founder of the rescue centre, Sue Weeding.
Three malnourished mares and a stallion were rescued last December in a joint operation with Malaga-based rescue charity El Refugio del Burrito, which took at least four donkeys into their care. All the animals found at the Granada property were severely malnourished and one foal was found dead.
It is believed the owner of the horses gave the excuse that he stopped feeding them due to Spain’s ongoing financial crisis. Police prosecuted and a court order legally handed the animals over to the non-profit groups.
Meanwhile, as the centre welcomed the new foal, they had another new arrival as police called for assistance with a pony found wandering in Heredades. Although the pony was in very good condition, he was taken to the rescue centre while his owner arranges to have him Identichipped, as required by law.
“As the pony was well cared for, we are happy to hand him back to his owner when the situation has been sorted out,” Sue said.
The centre will also permanently house an adult pony found abandoned and wandering alongside the AP7 motorway near San Javier last week. Police tracked down the owner in Almeria using the pony’s Identichip and will now put procedures in place to pursue a prosecution.
“We know that we are working harder and harder by taking in so many new rescues,” Sue said, “but we think it’s fantastic that the police are taking all cases of animals in distress very seriously and we must continue to find ways to encourage this and work with them.”
The centre is now looking to open a second charity shop in Gran Alacant to help raise funds, adding to a network of eight shops across Alicante Province. Donations of furniture, clothes and bric-a-brac to stock any of the rescue centre charity shops are gratefully welcomed.
The Rescue Centre is located just outside Rojales at Partido Lo Garriga 59.
For more information on volunteering, sponsoring a horse or directions, visit www.easyhorsecare.net or call Sue on 652 021 980.