Our Chief Field Officer has been involved with horses her whole life since childhood. Her passion to rescue horses began some 18 years ago – when she learnt of the suffering of horses in this country; for many years she devoted her free time and helped another charity in Sussex and a field officer and helping to raise funds. Kent Horse Rescue came to life in 2015.
Over the years, her devotion to rescue horses became a reliable source for speed of response and not letting anyone down in an emergency. Her work and that of other volunteers around her has brought amazing results; including the shutting down of a horses ‘field of death’ in Kent. She faced up to the problem where other agencies should have, and declared “this has got to stop”. Also in support of her plight to take action was a local Police Officer and an Inspector from another nationwide animal rescue charity. The field of death had some 120 dead and decomposing horses littered in the field and adjacent woodlands. There were horrific scenes of horse cruelty in a graveyard. 63 suffering horses died in her arms or were put to sleep by vets. 86 were rescued alive – and now live happily in foster homes.
This 2 year story of torture (you can read more about here) is a sad but true part of the extent of the horse crisis. To this day we receive threats from owners of mistreated horses we have saved, yet our work continues. It is difficult to comprehend the cruelty to these graceful creatures, in this country, in the 21st century – and even more so as other domestic pets and wild animals are often provided more care and protection, love and support than horses and ponies; due in part to the high costs of rescuing, rehabilitating and caring for horses – compared to other animals such as dogs and cats. This is why Kent Horse rescue exists … and badly needs your support.