Shopping at Co-op Stores offers Life Saving Paddocks for Horses
By: Remus Horse Sanctuary
Laminitis is a prevalent, extremely painful condition that has significant welfare implications. It is an inflammatory condition of the tissues (laminae) bonding the hoof wall to the pedal bone in the hoof. It is often a recurring condition. In excess of 7% of equine deaths are linked to laminitis, with many animals being euthanised.
There are a number of risk factors associated with the development of laminitis including the spring and summer months, obesity, being a pony rather than a horse, older age and hormonal diseases such as equine Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS).
Ms Burton says: "A lot of our horses have laminitis as they've spent many years not receiving the care they should. These special paddocks are expensive to create and maintain but they allow the horses a quality of life that would otherwise be denied them.
"Every year these paddocks need new woodchip flooring which allows the animals to be kept off the grass, which would otherwise add to the problem; be kept outside with their friends and walk around rather than being box rested; and ultimately is very often the difference between life and death for them."
Every time a Co-operative member buys selected own-brand products and services, 1% of the spend goes to support local causes, such as this project with Remus.
The stores in the immediate vicinity of the Sanctuary include:
Store Name Store Postcode Business Unit
Billericay Queens Park CM12 0UA Food
Billericay CM12 0RP Food
Billericay CM12 9BQ Funeralcare
Blackmore CM4 0RU Food
Hutton CM13 1LZ Food
Ingatestone CM4 9EA Convenience Store
Pilgrims Hatch CM15 9PD Food
Ms Burton concluded, "Laminitic paddocks are a life-saving opportunity for many of our animals who deserve some good quality life after all they have endured but it does come at a significant cost.
"We're delighted that Remus will be able to access this funding opportunity and I'd like to thank everyone involved for their support."
Members can choose which causes to support by signing into their account or by calling the membership helpline on 0800 023 4708. For further information, visit the Co-op web page at: https://membership.coop.co.uk/
Find out more about Remus Horse Sanctuary at https://www.remussanctuary.org/
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