Horse Trust welcomes new residents
PUBLISHED: 13:04 16 March 2011 | UPDATED: 19:01 20 February 2013
Two 'old gentlemen' have arrived at a Bucks horse charity.
Meet Warwick and Dickens, two new arrivals to our neck of the woods, and very welcome ones indeed. Theyve just moved to The Horse Trusts Home of Rest for Horses at Speen in Bucks after careers with Greater Manchester Police.
The handsome chestnut on the right is Irish thoroughbred cross Dickens, set to enjoy a happily slower pace of live after 15 years with the force, Most police horses serve for eight to 10 years, so this character really did his duty. Now, at 21, arthritis has left him with intermittent lameness.
Dickens was undoubtedly one of Manchesters toughest and bravest horses. Hes going to be missed by stable manager Mima Manning, who said: He has a cheerful temperament and always went to work with a smile on his face.
Eight-year-old skewbald Warwick had been with the police for just four years, but can no longer work as he has developed a condition known as Osteochontritis Dissecans (OCD) in his joints.
Warwick has a brilliant temperament for police work hes very level-headed and confident. But sadly hes had a short working life as he cant cope with the police work required, said Mima.
The horses will enjoy a lifetime sanctuary at their retirement home, sharing it with around 100 others, so theyll be in good company.
The Horse Trust
The oldest UK horse charity, the trust depends on public support to look after old gents such as Dickens and Warwick. It costs the charity an average of 12 per day to care for each horse at the sanctuary, which includes the costs of grooms, forage, farriery and veterinary care.Visits are welcome at the Speen home, usually between 2-4pm Fri-Sun, although the hours are extended in summer. Dont take anything to feed the horses its not allowed! To donate to The Horse Trust please visit www.horsetrust.org.uk, or for more details about visits, contact the charity on 01494 488 464 or firstname.lastname@example.org