Remus Horse Sanctuary Celebrates fortieth Anniversary

Remus Horse Sanctuary Celebrates fortieth Anniversary

Hear from founder Sue Burton as she recounts what prompted her to arrange the Sanctuary 40 years in the past this month…

Recorder Front Page February 1983

Recorder Entrance Web page February 1983

INGATESTONE, U.Ok.Feb. 27, 2023PRLog — 2023 sees Remus Horse Sanctuary in Essex have a good time its fortieth anniversary. Sue Burton, founding father of the charity in 1983, recounts how it began and people first ten years:

“Coming from London I had by no means met a horse so was amazed when having moved to Essex, on a visit to see a buddy I observed a subject stuffed with horses and keep in mind pondering what number of there have been. I knew nothing about them and subsequently was oblivious to the truth that these horses have been in determined want of assist, till I noticed the {photograph} on the entrance web page of the Romford Recorder in February 1983 concerning the horses at Rainham Marshes, and that is what obtained me began.

“I couldn’t consider that this present day we allowed animals to die and did nothing. This gave me the impetus to return over and attempt to assist and call different animal welfare individuals within the space – friendships and acquaintances which have lasted to this present day.

“After being concerned with the Rainham Marsh horses, my buddy Pat and I quickly heard of the terrible plight of Remus. Once more, I couldn’t consider that one other horse had died, one other entity worn out, and but so few individuals appeared to care.

“Earlier than lengthy, I used to be concerned in an animal rights group and since Pat had equine data, she and I went out to see a horse that was meant to be in a foul means and specifically her foal was changing into a nuisance – apparently attacking individuals on the footpath. We went out to Hornchurch and located Misty, tethered with probably the most monumental swollen face and her foal – cheeky chappie Pickles operating amok within the space!

“We have been capable of take them each and took them to a yard in Aveley the place sadly the vet identified Misty as having a fractured cranium, which had occurred some months earlier than when she was a type of horses left on Rainham Marshes. We had no choice however to finish her struggling and let her go however poor Pickles was distraught. It took many months for him to start out interacting and taking part in once more. He remained a cheeky chappie all his life and beloved getting as much as mischief when he was capable of.

“As soon as we had Pickles, we needed to discover someplace to maintain him so took on just a few stables and fields in Havering-atte-Bower. Then adopted Jenna donkey with severely overgrown hooves; Butch a 5-day-old calf who had been left to die, after which Caesar who had been illegally castrated and left in a steady on 5 ft of dung. As a substitute of mucking him out the proprietor simply had a sq. of the roof minimize out for his head to stay out, the whole size of his backbone was minimize the place it had rubbed in opposition to the roof. it was pitiful to see him, and it took many visits earlier than we have been capable of persuade the proprietor to allow us to take him.

“In these conditions, it is all the time essential to realize what you want – to get the animal out of the terrible scenario and you do not need to upset the proprietor as you need to assist the animal. We’ve got all the time stated a big a part of our work is social work earlier than we can assist the animal. This was an ideal instance – as I keep in mind solely too clearly her canine continually chewing on my wrist – which I put up with as I so wished to get Caesar out of there! Once we did get him out the primary 12 months was fraught with him needing an operation, him dragging us nearly day by day face down throughout the muck heap and almost giving Pat an unplanned mastectomy. Humorous now however not then!

“We went on to absorb many animals and I all the time recall getting a name in 1987 to some horses in Essex. We stumbled late at evening over fields that have been 3-4 ft deep in snow. I gave up attempting to rely what number of instances we fell over within the snow within the pitch darkness. Once we entered the Barn we stopped useless in our tracks – as an animal Belsen met us.

“Emaciated, lice infested animals, with out meals, water or bedding. Their urine frozen to the bottom. The children had by no means been let loose and didn’t know methods to stroll and, once we may take the horses out the subsequent day, we needed to transfer every leg for the kids as they didn’t seem to have the ability to stroll. The larger one Benjamin had had a stake rammed via his stifle (the realm the place the tibia meets the femur) which went on to trigger him issues all through his life. We took 5 horses out and all had such terrible issues. Getting them nicely turned all-consuming and we labored so onerous to present them one of the best we may to permit them to go on to guide wholesome lives and to neglect about all that they had skilled at such a younger age.

“The instances got here in thick and quick – horses saved in homes, the terrible plight of the Rush Inexperienced Horses – struggling gave the impression to be in every single place, and we did what we may for those who we may. For Ben who had been left with a fractured pelvis and we could not save, regardless of a scaffold firm, the Hearth Brigade and vets concerned in attempting to help him.

“Little Heidi got here to us in 1987 at simply 5 days previous. Her mum had been tethered and had died on the chain and Heidi was left with a headcollar that had minimize into her face. She wanted years of care together with operations to get her nicely however went on to stay a beautiful life, besides when she obtained us into hassle having determined it was enjoyable to choose individuals up by their clothes and push them into the ditch!

“In 1992 Dorset got here in pitifully skinny and coated in cigarette burns.

“Probably the most rewarding a part of the job is to get the animals past what they’ve suffered. To get the burden on, to ease their psychological struggling, to assist them recover from what they’ve suffered, and it by no means fails to amaze me that no matter they undergo by the hands of humanity – they all the time start to belief once more!

“It is simply a tremendous feeling to have the ability to win their belief in spite of everything that they’ve endured.”

The story clearly continues and hopefully will for a few years to come back however, in conclusion, Sue says: “I’m so happy with what Remus has achieved in its 40 years. I’m happy with the place we at the moment are and the way a lot we now have improved. I’m happy with everybody who’s concerned now and has been concerned over these years in no matter means to assist develop us to do the work we now obtain.”

Look out for additional data on the web site and Fb web page (, because the charity celebrates all year long.

Remus Horse Sanctuary is fundraising for winter meals. Study extra right here >

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