Corfe Mullen sanctuary for happy horses closes down

Bournemouth Echo: The late David Craig with one of his rescued horses at the Happy Horses sanctuary in Lytchett Matravers The late David Craig with one of his rescued horses at the Happy Horses sanctuary in Lytchett Matravers

DORSET’S Happy Horses Sanctuary has closed for the last time following the sudden death of its founder David Craig on Christmas Eve.

Volunteers took on the care of 21 horses after the tragedy while trying to find them new homes.

Lorraine Thackwray was with Mr Craig when he suffered a fatal heart attack while tending to his charges at the Corfe Mullen sanctuary.

She said: “Local people, other horse rescue centres and members of the public from all over the country have contacted us.

“Everyone has been incredibly generous with their donations of money and feed to keep us going throughout this very difficult period. I have been astounded by the level of support we have received.

“The regular sanctuary volunteers have basically put their lives on hold since December 24 to ensure the horses have been fed and cared for as best we could.

“Local people have also rallied around to help us, for which we are very grateful.”

Lorraine also paid tribute to vets Simon Adams and Rhian Partridge. “They have been very generous with both their time and financial assistance.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has donated their precious time and/or hard-earned money to help us care for and rehome 18 horses in such an incredibly short space of time. I never imagined it would be possible.

“Everyone has been helping to spread the word about the horses needing homes. A lot of people have seen the horses on Facebook and contacted us from there.”

Of the last three horses – none of which are suitable for riding – another animal sanctuary in Norfolk has agreed to take on two geldings if other homes cannot be found. That only leaves 13-year-old stallion Delta at risk of having to be put down.

“He is a beautiful, healthy horse and this would be a tragedy. We are hoping a stud farm may take him for hunter breeding because he has excellent parentage – his sire is Deltic, a famous racehorse,” said Lorraine.

Anyone who can help can email info@happyhorsesanctuary.co.uk.

Former serviceman Mr Craig, who was 66 when he died, worked as a paddock steward at Poole Stadium’s dog track to help meet the running costs of the sanctuary, which he founded in 1990.

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11:46am Fri 1 Feb 13

elite50 says...

Mr. Craig (who I have never heard of until today) used his life and energy to save the thing in the world that he loved best.
What more could anyone do?
I dont like horses, ever since one tried to kill me at Throop, 60 years ago.
I do however recognise a commitment when I see one.
He will be remembered for what he did.
Mr. Craig (who I have never heard of until today) used his life and energy to save the thing in the world that he loved best. What more could anyone do? I dont like horses, ever since one tried to kill me at Throop, 60 years ago. I do however recognise a commitment when I see one. He will be remembered for what he did. elite50

1:14pm Fri 1 Feb 13

Pablo23 says...

elite50 wrote:
Mr. Craig (who I have never heard of until today) used his life and energy to save the thing in the world that he loved best.
What more could anyone do?
I dont like horses, ever since one tried to kill me at Throop, 60 years ago.
I do however recognise a commitment when I see one.
He will be remembered for what he did.
You shouldn't hate all horses just because of one bad apple
[quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Mr. Craig (who I have never heard of until today) used his life and energy to save the thing in the world that he loved best. What more could anyone do? I dont like horses, ever since one tried to kill me at Throop, 60 years ago. I do however recognise a commitment when I see one. He will be remembered for what he did.[/p][/quote]You shouldn't hate all horses just because of one bad apple Pablo23

1:32pm Fri 1 Feb 13

elite50 says...

Pablo23 wrote:
elite50 wrote:
Mr. Craig (who I have never heard of until today) used his life and energy to save the thing in the world that he loved best.
What more could anyone do?
I dont like horses, ever since one tried to kill me at Throop, 60 years ago.
I do however recognise a commitment when I see one.
He will be remembered for what he did.
You shouldn't hate all horses just because of one bad apple
The horse in question was not a bad apple.
It was 20 years old and did not want to drag a harrow up and down a row of crops.
Its 80 year old owner did however.
I was seconded to drag the horse up a row and had to hold it back on its way down (when it could see its stable). As this was occuring the horse tried to bite me and kick me (with a lot of success).
I was 14 years old at the time and was rewarded with a Mars bar.
I dont like Mars bars or horses!
I also dont like dogs (a seperate story) but I like people.
Very few of them have tried to bite or kick me (only on the football field).
[quote][p][bold]Pablo23[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elite50[/bold] wrote: Mr. Craig (who I have never heard of until today) used his life and energy to save the thing in the world that he loved best. What more could anyone do? I dont like horses, ever since one tried to kill me at Throop, 60 years ago. I do however recognise a commitment when I see one. He will be remembered for what he did.[/p][/quote]You shouldn't hate all horses just because of one bad apple[/p][/quote]The horse in question was not a bad apple. It was 20 years old and did not want to drag a harrow up and down a row of crops. Its 80 year old owner did however. I was seconded to drag the horse up a row and had to hold it back on its way down (when it could see its stable). As this was occuring the horse tried to bite me and kick me (with a lot of success). I was 14 years old at the time and was rewarded with a Mars bar. I dont like Mars bars or horses! I also dont like dogs (a seperate story) but I like people. Very few of them have tried to bite or kick me (only on the football field). elite50

6:53pm Fri 1 Feb 13

elfinia says...

Very good news and bravo to the Daily Echo for orinting the original story after Mr Craigs sudden death. I sent a donation as the web site etc was given at the end of the article. My clever and talented sister Rosalind Bowen ( nee Thrift)died three years ago from cancer.
Horses were her whole life and it is in her memory that I was happy to be given the chance to help.
Very good news and bravo to the Daily Echo for orinting the original story after Mr Craigs sudden death. I sent a donation as the web site etc was given at the end of the article. My clever and talented sister Rosalind Bowen ( nee Thrift)died three years ago from cancer. Horses were her whole life and it is in her memory that I was happy to be given the chance to help. elfinia

7:19am Sat 2 Feb 13

EGHH says...

I thank God for the invention of tractors etc. The disgraceful way some horses and donkeys were treated before mechanisation is shameful.
I thank God for the invention of tractors etc. The disgraceful way some horses and donkeys were treated before mechanisation is shameful. EGHH

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