As many of you will have heard, in August we discovered that our oldest equine resident, Cheyenne, had suffered a brutal attack out in one of our fields. The details of this attack are too unpleasant
to go into here. When we noticed that Cheyenne was too frightened to be caught and then we saw all the blood on her tail, we knew something truly awful had happened to our sweet old lady
When the Willows vet examined Cheyenne, she immediately urged us to call the police.
The police were incredibly kind and did all they could but it's clear that without evidence or witnesses, we will probably never catch the person who assaulted her.
Although Cheyenne recovered from her original attack, the stress and all of the medication she had to have to help her recover took a massive toll on her liver and kidneys. The whole willows team and vets worked around the clock to try and save her. For a while we thought we had won,
but she went into multiple organ failure and we had to make the devastating decision to let her go. She didn't know anything about it and our vet did a fantastic job of helping her to slip peacefully away.
Cheyenne was very old, but she was generally in good health prior to this incident and although all living creatures must die, there is no doubt in our minds that this horrible attack is responsible for her death.
Since she died, we have had lots of people contacting us with absolutely appalling stories of their horses being brutalised by strangers and it's become very clear that such attacks are more common than you might think. For example, in 2015,
a horse, quite local to Willows, was viciously attacked and killed. The Willows horses safety feels very fragile now.
We don’t want any of our residents to be put at risk ever again so we have been gathering quotes on having more surveillance cameras installed and more secure fences. It’s going to be a big and expensive project but it's imperative
that we protect all the equines here from any future attacks.
Willows is initiating a fund-raising programme for the £35,000 needed to purchase security fencing around two of its fields—about 18 acres in total. Also
included in this cost is a special multi camera security system that will cover the whole area.
We believe that these measures will ensure that no future attacks on the vulnerable equines in our care are possible—at least without the perpetrators being exposed and subsequently reported to the police.
If you are able to make a donation towards our security project, please do so by clicking here
. If you are
aware of any organisations who would be willing to help us with this, please let us know.
Thank you for reading this.