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Colts win freedom, lose family jewels

August 21, 2010

Four colts rescued from Britain's Spindles Farm may have won their freedom from a neglectful owner, but they have now lost their family jewels.

Charlotte Gammon, 6, and her mum Sarah meeting Spindles Farm colt Walt.
The four were among more than 100 horses rescued from the Buckinghamshire property early in 2008 and cared for by various animal welfare organisations.

For the last 18 months, the colts - Ben, Dazzle, Star and Walt - have been living at The Horse Trust's sanctuary in Speen, Buckinghamshire.

However, for the last 18 months they could not be brought into the main yard as they had not been gelded, so had to be kept separate from the mares.

When the Gray family lost its appeal against conviction in May 2010, and the ownership of the colts was signed over to the charity, the trust was finally able to get them gelded.

The colts have now fully recovered from the operation and are enjoying getting some well-deserved attention from visitors to the sanctuary for the first time.

Despite the temperamental weather, visitors from across the South-East have been flocking to sanctuary.

Heather Mower, from Kingston, has been visiting The Horse Trust for 20 years and was keen to meet the Spindles Farm horses during her latest visit on Wednesday.

"Everybody saw pictures of the Spindles Farm horses on TV. It's nice to be able to see them fully recovered. The work The Horse Trust has done with them is amazing," she said.

Judith and Bob McSavany from Dunstable visited the Home of Rest for the first time on Wednesday.

"The main reason we came was to meet the Spindles Farm horses. It's nice to visit them and see how well they're being looked after," said Bob.

Also popular at The Horse Trust are the "have a go at grooming" demos, where visitors have the opportunity to try grooming one of the horses at the sanctuary.

Charlotte Gammon, 6, from Silverstone, Oxford, visited on Wednesday with her mum Sarah and enjoyed grooming George, a 9.3-hand skewbald gelding. "It's the first time I've groomed a horse. It was fun," said Charlotte.

It's not just the visitors that enjoy the "have a go at grooming" demos - the horses enjoy it too, in particular Tessa, a 14.1-hand grey mare that lives at The Horse Trust's sanctuary.

"We recently used Tessa for a 'have a go at grooming' demo and she enjoyed it so much, she didn't move for two hours. She fell asleep while she was being groomed," said Tessa's groom Claire Clark.



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