Riding charity appeals for help with sick horse


A local riding centre that provides therapy for children with lifetime conditions is appealing for donations to treat a sick horse after a flood left the registered charity struggling financially.

Hampshire Riding Therapy centre is based at Colden Common, a few miles outside Eastleigh and provides tuition and therapy to adults and children with a variety of special needs and disabilities.

The centre was badly flooded in 2013, and repair work has caused things to be financially tight at the centre.

Now, one of HTRC’s most popular horses has become ill and the Centre is facing a £700 emergency vet bill.

Writing on the JustGiving page, staff member and organiser Abbie Cook said:

“Mr Sin is a 22-year-old black cob, standing at 15 hands tall. He has been working with us at Hampshire Riding Therapy centre for the last 15 years.”

Abie explained that Mr Sin’s health problems started in 2010, when increased seasonal pollen and dust levels started to affect his breathing. These allergies developed into Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, which requires regular veterinary treatment and close monitoring.

The most recent bout of symptoms resulted in Mr Sin having colic which needed veterinary attention.

 “He is a true gentleman, absolutely adores his cuddles and pampering, and has been a real confidence giver for many of our clients, able and disabled, over the years.”

She continued:

“This horse has given so many people the confidence to fulfil their dreams and aspirations and now the tables have turned and he needs our help

 “Your kind gestures and support will allow the charity to continue forward in getting Sin the care he needs. He is a huge asset to the centre and has given us so much. Any donation, no matter how small, will be hugely appreciated for this one in a million horse.”

Donors have left messages of support on the JustGiving page.

One wrote:

“Sending all the nose rubs and ear tickles to Sin. Was my first love at HRTC 12 years ago.” Another said: “Sin is my favourite horse at the Centre. He has definitely helped me since the loss of my husband.”

At the time of writing the appeal had reached £280 of its £700 target.

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