Welfare centre starts season of courses

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NEW arrivals at Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre, Slinfold, West Sussex, include Bramshaw, a six-year-old grey gelding by Langfuhr out of Milagra, which won and was placed on the Flat when trained by Amanda Perrett at Pulborough.

Ballyfoy, a 12-year-old Alderbook gelding, with five wins and seven places to his credit, was previously trained by Gary Moore.

A third one, Me Me Me, an eight -year-old by Red Ransom, was unplaced when trained by Ed Vaughan.

Like other inmates at the centre, managed by Mary Henley-Smith, they will undertake a careful retraining programme so they can eventually be suitably rehomed.

One ex-racehorse recently rehomed from the centre is Rising Star, a seven-year-old Medicean gelding, who now has a loving home in Gloucestershire.

Meanwhile the centre has begun a series of weekend courses at £10 per day, which started on Saturday February 2 with a ridden demonstration of current hourses, followed by a talk from Malcolm Green from Equifeast, who explained how shortages of substances in a horse’s diet could cause poor brain function.

This Saturday, February 9 at 11am there will be a ridden long-reining demonstration followed by a talk on common ailments in the ridden horse by Jenny Bridgefield Physiotherapy.

This will be followed by a talk and demonstration by saddler Martin Wilkinson on Saturday February 16 , also at 11am, and the final one will be a long-reining demonstration by Mary and her staff, showing how the technique improves posture.

To book or for more information about the vital work done by Moorcroft, contact 07929 666408 or see www.mrwc.org.uk