Pleas for new trailer after rescue centre is forced to walk neglected horse to safety

BROKEN TRAILER: Sue and Rod Weeding make the long walk home with the rescued mare.

A NEGLECTED horse rescued from Formentera del Segura had to be walked four kilometres to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales after the centre’s horse trailer broke down.

Founders Sue and Rod Weeding received multiple calls about the mare, which was being kept in a small, rubbish-strewn yard with very little food or water.

After the matter was reported to police, the horse’s owner agreed to hand the malnourished mare over to the Rescue Centre, but Sue and Rod were forced to walk the mare the 45-minute journey home to their centre after the axle snapped on their ageing horse trailer.

“The trailer is 15 years old and has rescued well over 100 horses and done thousands of kilometres,” Sue said.

“We’re going to get it repaired, but really we need a new and reliable trailer because we have to be ready to a rescue an animal at any time, we are constantly taking horses to Barcelona for specialist veterinarian treatment and if we have an emergency at our centre our horses are always rushed to the Alicante horse hospital.

“Also, we transport most of the horse feed in it so the trailer is used almost every day. With the work that we do, we never manage to get enough money together to buy a new trailer because there’s always another rescue, another emergency or surgery. The horses come first.”

Several supporters have pledged money via Facebook to help fund a new trailer and Sue says any further donations would be gratefully received. “We’re lucky this mare was a local rescue and we were able to get her out of that hellhole even without the trailer,” Sue said.

Anyone able to make a donation to help the centre purchase a much needed new trailer, can call 652 021 980 or donate online at

Purchases made at the centre’s network of eight charity shops also help fund the feeding and care of the 87 horses, ponies and donkeys that live at the centre.

The Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales opens to the public on the first Sunday of every month between 1pm and 4pm.

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