March 2017 Rescue of Cabriole
ASHA has adopted two beautiful Selles Francais horses (mother and son) as the elderly owner was no longer able to care for them.
The two horses have never been separated and have not been handled very much. They were first placed with a family who gave them good food and care and they were returned to health and their weight improved.
Now they are at Cantemerle they are learning to trust people, and the ASHA care team is educating them so that they become easier to handle and more confident around humans.
Ideally ASHA would look for an adopter to take them together and give them a Forever Home, but we realise that this may not be possible. They haven’t been handled for a very long time and they were almost living wild in a large field with plenty of grass and water. Consequently they are not used to basic handling like grooming, cleaning feet and putting on headcollars and the care team is working with them to get them used to being with people.
We have started to make progress with separating the mother and son. Belle, the mum, is enjoying having a little time to herself. She is being groomed and learning that life without her big baby can be peaceful.
Cabriole, the son, is also starting to enjoy his interaction with people, and his inquisitive nature means that he likes learning and seeing new things. He is nicknamed Cabbie and is gaining confidence daily.
We still work only on very short sessions several times a day, so that they are not apart too long and they go back to each other when all is calm.
Belle is 25 and Cabriole is 16 years old and they are both inoculated and microchipped.
Cabbie and Belle with Helen
Cabbie with Joan at Cantemerle
This story from Célia - Cabbie's new owner
When I came back to live here, I returned to Helen’s, to work young horses with her. I met Cabriole (Cabbie) in June of this year and I started to work with him.
This horse, who spent ten years in a field with his mother, was hard to catch. Most of the time not having had contact with humans, he was not confident with us. All in all, he was like a sixteen year old foal.
However, the more I spent time with him, the more I became attached to him.
Indeed, he’s a really handsome horse, tall, well shaped, copper chesnut colored, mane lighter, really good posture at work. Besides, he was very responsive, really listenning to what we were asking and he was hard working.
To win his confidence and be able to teach him was more and more a challenge to me.
During the summer I was told that, nobody being interested in adopting this horse, he would be sent to a sanctuary for handicaped and retired horses.
At the end of September I was having a long ride with a professional ride organiser (a member of my family), and horse owner. I thought that if we could ride Cabby and try him during this long ride we could adopt him for rides.
However, the sanctuary accelerated things by asking an answer for Monday 28th August !
Places being difficult to obtain there, Cabbie would certainly go.
On the friday before, Helen and I had talked about this situation, saying this horse had a lot more to offer than leaving for this place full of old horses. He had never worked and was giving us so much.
On Sunday, we talked about the situation with few ASHA members, and with Helen, and we reached an agreement that allowed me to keep Cabbie at her place.
During the evening, i asked my boyfriend if he was in agreement with me adopting a horse. He was very understanding, and with no hesitation he said 'yes'.
Later, my family member called me to say that if needed he could take Cabbie to his place. So I called back Helen to announce the great news, and the day after I was in possession of a horse for the first time !
It was a big risk to take because I didn’t know if I could ride him, but I was confident.
Finally I was right, because I’m now the very happy owner of a wonderful horse who has learnt so well and so fast!
Few days later, I was able to sit on his back, then walking following his mom, then riding him alone in the school pen, finally going outside and walking a little. In a few days we were having a little ride outside with other horses.
Thanks to Helen, my boyfriend and ASHA who accepted to hand Cabbie into my care, I have realised one of my dreams and I am more than satisfied, because this horse thanks me more than I expected.
October 2017 - Célia has adopted Cabbie