Local families provide new homes for horses

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TWO CARNOUSTIE families have provided homes for horses to give them a chance of a new life.

Both the Reid family and Sturrock family have adopted the animals through the charity World Horse Welfare and are using the horses to their full advantage.

Sammay, a 14 year-old chestnut Shetland pony is stabled in Carnoustie for three-year old Kacey Reid.

Kacey suffers from Turners Syndrome, a condition that affects her growth, kidneys, blood pressure and development skills.

But after learning to ride at the Braes Riding School for the Disabled, her mum Val knew having a pony would boost Kacey’s development.

She said: “Kacey fell in love with Sammay from the moment she saw her at World Horse Welfare’s Belwade Farm and you could see the bond between them instantly, so I knew that we had to bring Sammay home with us.

“Sammay’s extremely kind and gentle and is a perfect pony for Kacey.

“Kacey’s personality has altered dramatically since Sammay has been with us as she is more confident, she has started to talk a lot more rather than use sign language, and is a much more positive child.

“Because of Kacey’s height and frame, I believe that Sammay will be with us for a long time.”

Meanwhile, the Sturrocks who stable their ponies at their farm in Carnoustie have rehomed three horses Mabaline, Zara and Dennis.

The ponies are ridden by the family’s four daughters and mum Janice says rehoming a horse is a great thing to do.

She explained: “We have had Dennis for about four years and he has been a fantastic pony but as the girls have grown up we have needed more ponies and bigger ones! 

“We had such success with Dennis that we thought the only place we could look for another horse was World Horse Welfare.

“Going to World Horse Welfare is great because you’re giving the ponies a chance of a new life and a good life. I would also always say to them to look on the World Horse Welfare website and look at the options available because it frees up space for new cases.”

For more information and to see the selection of horses World Horse Welfare has ready to be rehomed please visit www.worldhorsewelfare.org/rehoming.