association saint hippolyte aquitaine

No. W473001090, régie par la loi du 1er juillet 1901

asha french horse rescue charity logo


pour chevaux en détresse

horses in need


All new ASHA horses must be assessed for their capabilities and their training and rehabilitation needs and problem solving.  


ASHA carers range from people with a lot of horse experience to those who have spent little or no time with horses, so at Cantemerle (HQ) both horses and carers participate in natural horsemanship training sessions.


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November 2014


We had a most enjoyable Carers training day on Monday 3rd Nov, led by Helen, organised by Joan. After a review of safety & emergency procedures, we had hands on working with a variety of horses, both ASHA & non ASHA as we were 13 taking part. Great team building.

February 2015


Cate Cole on a Reach Out to Horses training course at Cantemerle works with Alicia to prepare Dido for the ASHA barefoot farrier, Gareth Hewardene

ASHA Carers Training Day - 16 June 2015


Dido was the star of our recent training day.  All morning he worked with us individually in the round pen - each session was different, depending on the level & needs of the participants.

The afternoon introduced Juno gently, though she is not yet ready for work.


Report from Emma Anderson - ASHA volunteer  July 2015


I recently spent a week doing some volunteer work at ASHA. From the moment I arrived at Cantemerle, all of the volunteers were super friendly and welcoming and I instantly felt at ease. There was a real sense of team, and everybody helps one another and has their role to play. During my time at ASHA I was involved in various activities that need completing on a daily basis for the horses. This included poo picking the ASHA horses fields (which was actually really hard work in the heat as both fields are very hilly!), filling up the hay feeders in the morning and evening, checking hay nets were full in the field shelters and refilling empty nets, refilling water tubs, stacking hay bales that are delivered from the local farmer and helping get the horses ready for clinics that are run at Cantemerle.


The ASHA horses are all wonderful. Rosie and Valley are super sweet natured and would always give me a whinny in the mornings when I bought their hay down. Seeing how far Rosie had come after reading the blog about her starting as an ASHA horse just filled my heart with joy and proves what a wonderful job the ASHA volunteers do. Nemo is a charming character, he has such a fun personality and is a cheeky monkey at times but probably gets away with murder because he is just so cute and funny. Juno took a bit of time to warm to me, she was initially very wary and everything had to be done on her terms. She told me off a few times, but I quickly learned how best to communicate with her and eventually we became friends and she accepted me being around her without feeling threatened and feeling the need to put up barriers and pull grumpy faces at me! She will make somebody a lovely horse one day.


All in all, I had one of the best experiences of my life volunteering at ASHA. Although at times it was hard work, particularly in the heat, it’s totally worth every minute and I’m privileged that I had the opportunity to see inside this wonderful organisation and witness first-hand the fabulous work they achieve as a team.


Thank you ASHA, I hope to visit again really soon!

Emma 2015

Holistic Day October 2015


Report back from Paula who attended the Holistic Day at Cantemerle.  She & Ray came all the way from Pas de Calais for the day, having read about Helen & ASHA in the article in the Connexion.


I have thought of very little else since that too brief Holistic Day although what a wealth of understanding it gave us.  I remember every detail with the horses and have written it all down.  It was all way beyond my expectations.


These are the thoughts and inspiration I have benefited from:


Firstly Helen,a truely accomplished energy radiates from her, without any overcomplicated verbal explanations and totally without any one upmanship or display of ego, which is so often the case in the horse industry.

She manages to get across to horse and human everything we need to know to communicate. Also her answers to questions exactly addressing the issue and full of sense. Believe me I have read extensively about the join up technique, but nothing conveys it like witnessing it.


The horses are a joy to watch sensitive, responsive showing what they wanted and need to be confident in people.

I wish I did not live so far away, because I would like to live near and extend this to my riding.

The people absolutely great, friendly no airs and graces, because it does not equate with horse sense.

So good to watch people in that different non verbal way. The true self shines out,Tammy and Lisa? were captivating.


Ray is planning the round pen and we definitely want to partake in future. For a long time now I see no greater purpose than to have a life based around horses.


Kind regards Paula et Ray

Carers Training Day - 4 May 2016


Thanks to Helen, we had, as always ,  a very interesting & informative day.

We all worked with Nemo in the morning & then were introduced to Captain Jack after lunch.

In between work on the 2017 ASHA calender started, thanks to Phil & April.

The sun shone  & we all learned something useful.

Holistic  Day - 17 July 2016

A huge Thank You to Helen for her holistic day on Sunday.

We had some very young participants along with some not so young, and with  the horses all had a wonderful day, despite the heat.

As always, we all benefited from Helen's  guidance & experience, and came away feeling we had learned something else about communicating with our horses.  Helen also donated 100€ to ASHA funds  .  


Jounée Holistique autour du cheval - 17 juillet

Pour commencer, un énorme merci à Helen pour cette journée holistique.

Nous avons acceuillis des participants de tout ages et tout le monde a passés une superbe journée avec leurs chevaux - malgré la chaleur.

Nous avons  beaucoup appris grace au savoir de Helen et nous sommes repartis avec le sentiment de mieux comprendre notre cheval.  De plus Helen a fait un don de 100€ à ASHA.




 The legislation requires registration and identification of equines to facilitate health controls in case of a breakout of a contagious or infectious disease affecting equines - i.e. in our interest.  


All equines must be chipped and have a SIRE number.

You can confirm that your horse is correctly registered by visiting - Infochevaux.


Their place of residence must be registered.  

If you have horses on your property for which you are responsible on a day to day basis (temporarily or permanently) you must declare their presence on your property - even if you are not the owner.

You can do this by visiting your SIRE account on


If you have 3 or more equines on your property you have to declare their  presence to your chosen vet (there is a list and it would seem most of our local vets are on it).  He will then act as your “veterinaire sanitaire “ vis a vis the DDCSPP of your department  i.e. in case of  an outbreak of a declarable disease,  he will inform you of the steps to be taken to protect your animal.


You are also required to keep a personal record of all equine movements - for the equines in your care - so that  if there is an outbreak of an infectious or contagious disease the DDCSPP can establish the possibility of any contact having been made with an infected animal.


End of life - the Identity Papers of the deceased animal should be handed to the person who removes the carcass.  If you wish to you can ask for the papers to be returned, after the death of the animal has been registered.  The authorities will render the papers unusable by any unscrupulous other and return them to you.


All the information is contained on the website but the best news is that a charming gentleman from ifce based in Villeneuve at the Haras is more than willing to explain all the above ‘eyeball-to-eyeball’ to individuals (at their property) or in groups.  


There are fairly hefty fines allocated to non-compliance - but M. Arnaud stressed that at the moment they are only concerned with getting the information out to as many equine proprietors as possible - i.e. don’t panic if your paperwork is not currently ‘comme il faut'!!  He is happy to visit and assist with completing the necessary paperwork if requested.



His contact is:-  

Lucien Arnaud,

Controleur identification et tracability sanitaire,

Place des droits de l’homme,

47300 Villeneuve sur Lot

Tel: 06 23 42 72 46


Sycamore seedlings warning


Spring outbreak of atypical myopathy cases!

The toxin responsible for atypical myopathy is also contained in sycamore seedling (Acer pseudoplatanus (= maple tree; see pictures). Currently, there are large number of sycamore seedlings coming through.

So, it is imperative to avoid that equidae (horses, donkeys, zebras…) ingest them. It is important to browse your grass to make sure it does not contain these seedlings but if that is the case, you may try to mow or burn them.

The number of cases of atypical myopathy is increasing these days. Please forward the message below to your contacts through your Facebook account.

Invite your contacts to register to receive alert messages via the official Internet site run by researchers at the University of Liege:

If you are aware of a case, THANK YOU to declare the case:

- as an owner, via the link :

•as a vet, via the link :

Sycamore seeds



At the date of the 7 of April 2017, 31 clinical cases compatible with the diagnosis of atypical myopathy have been communicated to Liege University and to the RESPE.  These cases were recorded in Belgium (4 cases) and France (19 cases), Great-Britain (5 cases), The Netherlands (2 cases), and Germany (1 case).


Following research that was supported by The Horse Trust, the Comparative Neuromuscular Diseases Laboratory ( of the Royal veterinary College of London (UK) now offer vets serum testing for the hypoglycin A toxin and its principal metabolite named MCPA-carnitine known to cause atypical myopathy. Horses affected by atypical myopathy present a particular biochemical profile in urine and blood. The laboratory also offers urine organic acid and plasma acyl carnitine profile testing to support the diagnosis. Samples need to be submitted by vets. Further details and prices can be found on the lab website (

Plant samples can also be tested for hypoglycin A. Please go the “Plant sample testing” ( for further information

Yours sincerely,