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PHOTOS: Cornwall charity desperately searches for new home

PHOTOS: Cornwall charity desperately searches for new home

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 5:37pm 16th March 2018.

A Cornish charity is desperately seeking a new home for its four-legged residents as it faces eviction.

Racehorse Relief, which retrains ex-racehorses to help them find new homes, has two months to find a new premises as the farm they are currently tenants on is put up for sale.

With 20 horses on site, they are struggling to find land big enough to accommodate their needs.

racehorse relief

Jo Massey, who runs the charity, which is based near Redruth, said: "Sadly we are having to leave our farm so we are looking for a new farm that is big enough to house the many equines we have.

"We have quite a short time frame to do it and we would like to stay relatively close to the area that we are in.

"It's finding somebody that has the right thing."

Jo says the response has been great so far and lots of people have been getting in touch - but nothing suitable has landed in their laps.

racehorse relief

She said: "Lots of people have come forward with little bits of land that they have, but so far unfortunately we haven't found come across anything that's quite right.

"We do have a small budget to buy but sadly what we need is going to cost us a lot more than what we have got.

"We're just appealing in any direction we can, because we're just hoping there's a friendly farmer out there who needs his land using or something.

"So far no millionaire's giving us 100 acres, but we live in hope!"

racehorse relief

Several thousand horses leave racing every year and some retire as young as two or three years old.

This then means they have to find new homes and be rehabilitated for a quieter pace of life.

Jo tells Pirate FM sometimes the horses are suffering from physical problems and others have behavioural problems.

The main work of the charity is to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome racehorses after they have left racing and provide support and advice for their new owners.

Jo said: "The average person who works full time and has other commitments can struggle to get through those, but we work with them and take the weight off them by sorting through it ourselves.

"Then they can crack on and have a lovely horse for the next 10 or 20 years - not everybody is experienced or equipped to do the rehab side of things and there's a lot of horses slipping through the net."

racehorse relief

And while some retire and move on to live full lives, Jo adds that others, which have quite bad problems, do have to get put down.

The charity hopes it can continue to do its work and say that they an extensive waiting list.

Jo added: "We're quite happy to improve the facilities somewhere or create the facilities that we need, if anybody has a farm or some ground or some situation they think might be suitable, it's worth getting in touch.

"With the short time frame, we are aware we can't be too fussy!"

To get in touch with the charity, call 084 551 99 551 or email info@racehorserelief.org.

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