Horse shelter’s desperate land plea

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The shelter has helped over 200 horses.

A HORSE shelter in the Marina Alta has lost the use of valuable land used to exercise and hold many of their animals.

The Xara Friends of the Horse (APAC) in Denia was given the wasteland adjacent to their shelter five years ago and until Christmas the relationship between APAC and the landowner had been very good.

However, the owner of the 3,000 m2 plot now wants to sell it saying that the animals bother him and create a bad image. This announcement comes despite the plot of land being considered lacking in any urban value as it is next to a railway line and a ravine.

Lois Ford, president of APAC said: “We have helped over 200 horses and this land allowed the horses to run free with children and people with disabilities coming to look after them and do activities with them.”

APAC Denia are a little known charity with the woman behind it, Jules Winstanley Jones, devoting everything to it.  Jules has tirelessly rescued and reared over 100 horses who have been mistreated, abandoned and abused. She has shown them love, provided a caring home and regained their trust whilst providing the space and surroundings to aid their rehabilitation.

This decision has meant that 26 rescue horses have had to be moved as the owner wanted the land free whilst he looks for a buyer.

At the moment the herd of horses are spilt into three groups using different kindly donated fields around the area and although the horses are cared for the charity says it is a struggle logistically having them apart.

APAC highlighted that the problems they are having include horses which need more care and supervision are not getting the attention they need and so cannot be checked to see if they are eating correctly or being included in the herd.

The president said: “We would love to buy the land but the asking price of €40,000 is beyond our limited resources, I really hope the owner reconsiders, and if not, at least let us continue to use the land until a buyer is found.”

A crowdfunding page has been set up, www.gofundme.com/help-the-horses-back-to-their-field.

Jules said: “Please keep sharing the GoFundme link and help the horses here at APAC Caballos, it really is appreciated.”

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