Case Studies & Research Papers

Please be patient as we endeavour to get these articles finished.   As soon as they are complete they will be posted up online into this page in both Microsoft Word and Adobe PDF formats.

It is often said that you never stop learning about horses.   They are complicated animals all with individual personalities and there is a great deal of differing information available from a variety of sources, which can make it difficult to know where to turn.   Within our Facebook and Twitter pages we have been asked for examples of what has been achieved earlier.     Therefore these simple case studies hopefully will explain to some of our workings and success's to date.

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    Monday 7th July 2014

Week 6 in both Summer and Zara's new rehabilitated life.   How are they getting on?   Well click here for Summer for Zara please click here and be amazed to just how well they are both doing.

   Monday 30th June 2014

Week 5 in both Summer and Zara's new life.   How are they getting on?   Well click here for Summer for Zara please click here and be amazed to just how well they are both doing.

    Monday 23rd June 2014

Week 4 in both Summer and Zara new life.   How are they getting on?   Well click here for Summer for Zara please click here

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    Tuesday 18th June 2014

Week Three in both Summer and Zara new life.   How are they getting on?   Well click here for Summer for Zara please click here

   Saturday 14th June 2014

Zara and Summer came into care 4 weeks ago.   It’s been a very slow process though the reward in weight gain has been phenomenal as we can see below. 

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   2nd June 2014

Its been two weeks now since Two Mares (01052014 Case ID 0004 and 02052014 Case ID 0005) were brought into our care.   A lot has happened over these two weeks and both Mares have come along in great leaps and bounds.    In order to make this a little bit different, we thought that it would be nice to see what a lifestyle change has been from their prospective.  

Therefore moving onto 01052014 Case ID 0004 now known as Summer please click on the url and see what has been happening.  

02052014 Case ID 0005 now known as Zara please click on the url and see what has been happening

    28th May 2014

Two Mares (01052014 Case ID 0004 and 02052014 Case ID 0005) recently brought into our care were starving, emaciated, dehydrated, riddled with worms, and physically lame due to poor hoof care.    Both equine are very nervous and extremely cautious even in the hands of a very experienced grooms.  Each equine has been scarred with rain scald very badly across its back and down their hind quarters.    There will be a lot of work required over the coming months.  We will update you our readers appropriately.    In the meantime we would kindly ask that you support our URGENT APPEAL FOR FUNDS.    Funds received to date will go towards initial care, including veterinary treatment, but we urgently need your help in raising funds for their ongoing care and rehabilitation.    Please pop over to https://www.justgiving.com/horserescuescotland/ and donate helping us in any way you can.   Thank you.

01052014 Case ID 0005

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    Monday 28th April 2014

The Second of our Current Free Advice Papers has arrived with us called "Essential Vitamins and Minerals".   This Advice Paper has been written by Dr Jo-Anne Murray of the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and now one of Horse Rescue Scotland Trustee's is one of the UK's leading experts in equine nutrition and has a whole host of publications to her name.  More importantly, Dr Jo-Anne Murray is passionate about equine welfare generally and has pioneered various training courses for Vets and others on the subject of good husbandry practice for horses and ponies.   A superb addition to Horse Rescue Scotlands Board of Trustee's

For the complete article on Dr Jo-Anne Murray's paper on Essential Vitamins and Minerals click on this URL

   Sunday 13th April 2014

The first of many of our own articles for you to download and read.  THE CRISIS IN EQUINE WELFARE, ANIMAL RIGHTS AND THE PATHWAY TO RESOLUTION.    Please add in you comments below, thank you.

   Saturday 12th April 2014

A few words from our Chairman, Mr. Peter MacDonald  "On behalf of Horse Rescue Scotland I was delighted to attend the Equine Welfare Conference organised by BHS Scotland and hosted by World Horse Welfare at their prestigious Belwade Farm facility. The message that came through loud and clear is that the need for people who genuinely care about equine welfare to step forward and be counted has never been greater".

http://www.horserescuescotland.com/donations-and-sponsorship

  Friday 21st March 2014 - Advice Paper

The first of many Advice Papers has arrived with us called "Feeding the Fuller Filly".   This Advice Paper has been written by Dr Jo-Anne Murray of the Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies one of the UK's leading experts in equine nutrition and has a whole host of publications to her name.  More importantly, Dr Jo-Anne Murray is passionate about equine welfare generally and has pioneered various training courses for Vets and others on the subject of good husbandry practice for horses and ponies.


For the complete article on Dr Jo-Anne Murray's paper Feeding the Fuller Filly please click on this url

Case 0003
Money money money...no sale is completed until money changes hands. And yet we are very considerate when selling horses. This led to another horse becoming distressed and us needing to intervene and rescue the equine. The journey of this poor horse started with a bereavement leaving the owner unable to keep the horse. The owner believed she had sold the horse to a worthy teenager who had outgrown her pony. The delay in payment was realistic in so far as the teenager had not sold her pony quite yet. When the sale of her pony went through the money would be paid for the horse. Good stuff. Job done....eh not quite. While the teenager had both the horse and the pony information filtered to the horse owner that the horse was being mistreated. Not ridden and not fed. The teenager had reverted to riding her pony as the horse was too much for her to handle. Rather than just being honest and contacting the horse owner she struggled on with both the horse and pony. The horse owner took the horse back without the resources to pay for the horse. We took the horse in with a view to assessing the horse and formulating a plan. The horse was under weight (TB) and unrideable. It was terrified and over reacting to any stimuli. We began the rehab process with a feed regime and a handling regime. When the horse had been with us for 1 month we bought the horse and began re introducing the horse to tack and rider. Overall it took nearly 1 year to gain the trust of the horse to be comfortable with the mounting process and once this had been established the training and development of the horse was gradual and systematic. The results were superb and this horse is now able to go out competing jumping 85cm tracks and can jump 1m at home. Happy days

 

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Case 0002
It's easy to believe that it always happens to someone else....you are a happy family and own horses. All is good with the world. Then not only one parent but both parents are struck down with ill health. One of our rescue horses prior to setting up the charity was belonging to such a loving family. One parent had a devastating long term progressive diagnosis given and the other a more acute ill health. Both at the same time. They came to us for help and we took in their horse. The horse was in great condition. A mature horse they could not bear to sell with a view to returning him to them when their circumstances improved. The family had looked after this horse well however they were struggling with time money and fitness to keep the horse cared for and exercised. Despite the painful decision the horse was adopted into our care and we started to train the horse. We found that the horse was a bit of an old School Master and was strategically placed into a riding school when fully fit and is still there working away happily. The family visit him regularly and give him cuddles and love to see how well he is doing. He is one of the most popular horses at the school and has brought many hours of joy to teenagers and adult riders alike. One of the parents is so impressed with the work we put into their horse that this person is now involved with Horse Rescue Scotland as health allows and with the little time available this person has free which is an amazing way to give back.....their way of saying thank you and paying it forward.......please do tell your friends and ask them to donate a minimum of £1 per week and we will be able to help more people like this family, thank you.


Case 0001
The first horse rescued was an "abandoned at livery" horse we came across when trying to purchase tack. The horse was left standing in a field with grass cracks on hooves and covered in caked on dung. No grooming or professional care was being afforded to this wee horse that looked depressed and not very sound due to condition of hooves. The amount of money paid to purchase this horse was significant as the livery provider charged us for full livery for the duration the horse had been abandoned. We took the horse in and began remedial intervention with professionals, vet, farrier, ride trainer, training on ground re handling and a lot of love. The exciting thing was that it emerged this horse was a loving and willing horse. Only wishing to please and be a safe carrier of riders. This wonderful chap has been re homed and is providing a family with the joy and excitement sharing life with a horse can bring. For the horse it was the perfect outcome and he is healthy and happy. We would love to achieve more of this for more horses and ponies. With your help we can do it....please visit the website and choose how you wish to be of help......volunteer, donate....take time today....thank you