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LOVE SHARPENS SADNESS AS WE LOSE ANOTHER FAVOURITE
It was indeed with sadness that Graham informed us that we have lost former broodmare Corveena.
Poor girl, she had gone down with spasmodic colic and the vet was called; he gave her an internal examination, a relaxant and intravenous pain killers which made her a great deal more comfortable. Sadly, later that evening she had deteriorated significantly and vet diagnosed that she was suffering a large intestine displacement. Having looked at the options it was decided that due to the level of pain that she was suffering, a journey to the surgery was out of the question; the decision was made to say goodbye to her and put an end to all the pain.
Corveena came to us in a sorry state as a welfare case two and a half years ago. At the ripe old age of 21 she picked up very quickly and until yesterday was very healthy and well in herself. She rapidly became part of our family and will be greatly missed by all who were lucky enough to have met her.
Broodmares present the industry with more of a problem when they need rescue and rehoming. They tend to be older and unsuited to going back to having a rider on their back, whether they have raced or not. On the plus side they tend to be sound, well used to being turned out and used to quickly establishing friendly relationships with new companions. Fortunately, most studs have the capacity to care for their ex-broodmares for life and only these present a problem, if studs have to be broken up, as was the case with Corveena. At The Racehorse Sanctuary we have found caring for ex-broodmares to be rewarding and hope that building our capacity to rehome horses as companions will help us cope, when we are asked for help with this category of thoroughbred.
WINTER UPDATE FROM STILEMANS
Never mind a little snow, the work of looking after the horses never ceases!
The snug stables at Stilemans are a real asset and the horses are keen enough to get back after being turned out in this weather..
TWO NEW RECRUITS FOR THE RACEHORSE SANCTUARY
Two new recruits have joined the Sanctuary's books since out last newsletter.
Portrait Emotion, an 8-year old chestnut gelding by Portrait Gallery out of Gleam Present(Presenting). He won on the flat in Ireland before joining Gary Moore's yard to go hurdling, but his racing career has been cut short by a recurring injury. After being rested, Portrait Emotion is now being fostered with Jane, who reports he seems to have a lovely temperament. He is currently working daily on the horsewalker and Jane is confident he will make someone a successful riding horse.
Bay mare Sky Winner only arrived at Stileman's this Sunday; she is 14-years old and as far as we know, she never made it to the racecourse. She seems sound enough, but she needs to be thoroughly checked by the vet before we can decide how to go forward with her. All the signs are that she should also make a rewarding riding horse, but first she needs some of the TLC, which she will now receive from the dedicated team at Stilemans.
FANTASTIC AUCTION ITEMS FOR OUR FONTWELL PARK ON SUNDAY 22 FEBRUARY
Selection of auction items, many of which you simply could not buy, include:
- One week stay in Regency cottage in Charmouth
- A day's sailing of the Dorset coast
- One week stay in beach-side house in Anglesey
- Battle of Britain RAF team memorabilia
- Morning on the gallops and lunch with trainer Suzy Smith
- Drawing by renowned animal artist Michelle McCullagh of an animal of bidder's choice
- Certified wartime codebreakers memorabilia presented on day at Bletchley Park
- A day with the renowned garden expert Sarah Raven at her Garden and Cookery
Advance bids accepted by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org please note advance bidding closes 5pm on Saturday 21st February.
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