As we come into winter there are a lot of dog products out there on the market that can help to keep our dogs warm, happy and healthy. We thought we would test some of them out and write a few words on what we found. Muddy Paws kindly provided three products for us to test and review.
The Ruffwear Beacon Collar Safety Light is an LED dog light designed to keep your pet safe and visible during dark walks. At £17.99 it may initially seem pricey for a dog light; however, you most certainly get what you pay for. The ‘Beacon’, as tested by Archie the Border Terrier proved to live up to its name and is definitely the defining part of this product that sets it apart from its competitors. Unlike most dog lights, it reflects light on to the ground, almost acting as a torch for your dog. The light comes with three settings: slow flash, fast flash and constant. The constant setting is fantastic and provides both a literal and figurative change of pace to the flash-only lights which can sometimes leave you feeling a little dizzy by the end of a walk. The Beacon is a great, sturdy size which is durable for even the most active of dogs. It is also waterproof; a great asset for the unpredictable British weather and the lifetime bulb means it never needs replacing. Overall, very impressed and we definitely recommend it. Continue reading →
In line with the predictions of this year’s equine crisis report, the HorseWorld Rescue Season has started early this year. We are investigating more welfare concerns than ever before.
A year ago in October 2012 the major equine rescue and rehoming organisations in England and Wales released a report showing the immense pressure they are under due to the increasing number of horses and ponies needing their help. The organisations warned that, should there be another harsh winter, they will be physically unable to cope with the estimated 7,000 horses that are defined as being ‘at risk’. At the time, Director of Welfare Jerry Watkins told the BBC that “we are being inundated with abandoned horses which people can no longer afford to keep. The economic downturn is a contributing factor, people aren’t buying horses yet the breeders continue to breed for a market which no longer exists. A horse can be bought for £5 in some places, the same price as a hamster”. Continue reading →
Each year hundreds of youngsters benefit from interacting with our rescued horses through our educational programme,the HorseWorld Discovery Course, with incredibly positive results. The young people who have attended this course have had life changing experiences through achieving qualifications as well as recorded improvements in their confidence, self-esteem and communication skills.
Our innovative educational programme, Discovery, brings our rescued animals together with young people who have physical or emotional needs, in tailored educational programmes. Course leader Sharon Howell comments that, “The horse is an ideal tool for the promotion of emotional growth and learning in young people with special educational needs”. Continue reading →