Animal Friends Insurance have donated £6000 to HorseWorld in Bristol. This takes them over their fundraising target of £10,000 in aid of a campaign for one of their rescued foals, Felix.
HorseWorld started this campaign after their rescue team were called out to find two foals around 4 months old, who had been left to fend for themselves. One, who they later named Felix, was so emaciated he was taken for immediate medical treatment, unfortunately the other was lying dead in a drainage ditch.
Horse world set up this campaign after rescuing Felix, to raise money and awareness about fly grazing.
Fly grazing is an increasing problem due to overbreeding of horses. HorseWorld estimates that around 7000 horses and ponies are currently at risk in the UK.
Jerry Watkins, Equine Welfare Manager of HorseWorld, says: “We are absolutely delighted that Animal Friends have donated £6000 towards Felix’s campaign. This will take us over our initial target of £10,000 to £10,204. Felix will be in HorseWorld Trust’s care for the next 4-5 years until he is strong enough to be backed and rehomed. He is just one of many that need our help, therefore this generous donation is very much appreciated!”
Animal Friends Founder and MD Elaine Fairfax has said “To see such an increase in horse and pony abandonment up and down the country is simply heart breaking. Thousands of horses are suffering unnecessarily because of the irresponsibility of humans. I have been a keen horsewoman since I was very young and when I heard poor Felix’s story I really wanted to help. Unfortunately it’s not just Felix who needs help, there are literally thousands of others like him. We are proud to support Horse World in the work they do helping these horses.”