New places for horses needed after blaze at horse whisperer's home

Bournemouth Echo: Horse Whisperer Shari Penegar by the gutted remains of her home Horse Whisperer Shari Penegar by the gutted remains of her home

A FERNDOWN horse whisperer is appealing for help after watching her home of 13 years burn down.

Shari Penegar, 41, who lives on fields off the Heatherlands Estate, has also faced floods covering much of her land, and said she needs a new home for her six horses.

It is believed the fire began after a draft of wind blasted down the chimney of her converted horsebox home and blew sparks from the log burner.

Shari said: “It’s lucky I’m a multi-tasker, because when the fire began I was out with the horses.

“There were 100mph winds that night. I had put my phone under my hat to leave myself hands-free while I spoke to a friend and sorted the horses, and I looked up and saw the Perspex window was melting and there were flames coming out of the top.”

Shari managed to get her cat and dog out of the horsebox before it burned to the ground.

“I only just got them out in time – a massive flame came after them, so it was very close,” she said.

“I’ve lost things I’ve had since I was a baby.”

Friends have gathered together to fund a tepee for Shari, but the land is still too flooded for her to pitch it, and she said she now hopes to find new land for herself and her horses to live on.

She said: “I’ve lived in the New Forest for all of my life, and I’m now desperate to find somewhere else. This was a temporary place for me, and I could do so much more for clients if I had better facilities.”

Shari rehabilitates problem horses, as well as using her animals to provide therapy to people with emotional or physical difficulties.

She said: “It’s amazing how much horses can help us – people don’t always realise.

“I can hear what the horses are saying, and I feel what they feel. They are like dolphins – they totally bond to us.”

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5:39pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Azphreal says...

Why does she need a home for the horses as it was only her van that burnt? That field floods every year so should have been expected.
Why does she need a home for the horses as it was only her van that burnt? That field floods every year so should have been expected. Azphreal

6:02pm Mon 7 Jan 13

pete woodley says...

Very convenient excuse to move to a drier place.
Very convenient excuse to move to a drier place. pete woodley

11:06pm Mon 7 Jan 13

s-pb2 says...

Someone loses all their possessions in a fire and all the previous posters can do is have a dig at her. What utterly dreadful 'people'.
Someone loses all their possessions in a fire and all the previous posters can do is have a dig at her. What utterly dreadful 'people'. s-pb2

8:25am Tue 8 Jan 13

TD61 says...

I can hardly believe even the likes of "Azphreal" and "pete woodley" would stoop so low with their comments when someone has lost their entire home.

This lady has lived a peaceable life, harming no one and helping plenty of others and I for one hope she will soon find someone to help her and her beloved pets in their hour of need.
I can hardly believe even the likes of "Azphreal" and "pete woodley" would stoop so low with their comments when someone has lost their entire home. This lady has lived a peaceable life, harming no one and helping plenty of others and I for one hope she will soon find someone to help her and her beloved pets in their hour of need. TD61

9:27am Tue 8 Jan 13

uvox44 says...

why are people surprised by the narrow-minded and spiteful commentators on here? You should just feel sorry for them , they can't be very happy souls if their lives are so full of anger and cynicism.
why are people surprised by the narrow-minded and spiteful commentators on here? You should just feel sorry for them , they can't be very happy souls if their lives are so full of anger and cynicism. uvox44

7:58pm Tue 8 Jan 13

pete woodley says...

We are not all gullible,a lot of us pay for insurance,on our properties and goods.
We are not all gullible,a lot of us pay for insurance,on our properties and goods. pete woodley

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