Heartbeat Horses Enjoyed Being Center Of Attention – Having their photos taken today

Today all the horses had their photos taken including new arrivals Moss and Surprise. It was not a surprise to us that Frank was a natural poser and was quite happy to show his best side to the camera. Surprise one of our most senior residents, was very laid back and got the hang of things quickly. Harry was very naughty and wanted to be in every photo and block the other horses from having their photos taken. The two grey’s Bonella and Crackerjack were constant companions and appeared to want to be only photographed together and the same was the case for the two best friends Icy and Rosie. Look out for all these photos on our new website, which will be launched in mid June. Lookout for news regarding our summer ball and to see if you can become ‘The voice’ of Heartbeat. More information to follow. What a gorgeous day!

Harry flat out and better behaved than earlier in the day and Guesti resting too!

Guesti and Harry





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Surprise Now Enjoying Her Retirement At 30 Years

Surprise was collected by our driver in December and it was a somewhat harrowing exercise for her.  She traveled o.k. on the motorways but when on the country lanes she found this hard to keep her feet, Rod the driver took his time and wedged her tight in his lorry, he was able to watch her on his cctv. The journey which should have taken approx 5 hours took him 8 hours.

On arrival she was tired and hungry, eating first and then went to sleep in a lovely deep straw bed. Her snoring could be heard across the drive to the hay barn. Surprise has to live in the barn as we are so full, but this is no problem to her as she has a large space to walk around in.  She has been donated a new rug  by a  great supporter of Heartbeat.  A very special lady has also made a donation to her and is now known as her step mum. Thank You!!!!

Surprise has been seen by the Vet for her sore eyes, which she has medication for and her feathermites which although being treated are annoying to her.

Surprise is one of the kindest loving horses we have here, all are special but she seems to appreciate all being done for her.  She has made friends with Bobby when she goes out in a small paddock. When we use our summer grazing hopefully next month she will be introduced to some other horses. Bobby does not go out on the lush grass as he has to watch his weight suffering from laminitis, but Surprise can eat and enjoy retirement now just being spoilt.

Surprise Retires To Heartbeat  Home For Horses Age 30

Surprise after an eventful journey to her new home!

Surprise being introduced to the Paddocks at Heartbeat Home For Horses

Surprise settling In at her new home

Surprise with a nice fringe looking settled in her new home.

Surprise with a nice fringe looking settled pretty quickly in her new home.

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Heartbeat Home For Horses Newsletter 2012



During 2012 we have been very busy raising funds to support the horses already in our care also enabling us to reduce our waiting list.(now standing at 234 horses). We will never be able to help all these horses as we do not have the  facilities but saving some of these horses and seeing them enjoying retirement makes it all worthwhile.

We need your help to continue to help future horses in need of love, care and attention when their career comes to an end or if they are injured and cannot work and their owners just cast them aside in order to get a younger fitter horse.  Why should they die? Horses come to us from all walks of life. We never put a horse to sleep unless the Vet says there is no quality of life.  Our Vet knows all our residents very well and caters for all their medical needs. Many charities admit horses which can be re-educated and loaned out on adoption but do not cater for the old, we allow these such horses, always large horses which nobody wants to retire and enjoy life. We now have a horse on our waiting list which is 19.2hh. Frank a resident here is 17.2hh which is our largest so far.

As you probably know we  are financed only by a charity shop and donations. We are in the process of opening a second shop in Saxmundham as we are in desperate need of funds to continue this work. All the staff in the existing shop and the new shop are volunteers so every penny raised (excluding utility bills) goes to the horses.

Veterinary costs have been extremely high this year. The wet weather has meant that we have had to feed hay all year round which has been a considerable drain on us. Our rug supply has become somewhat tired and after being cleaned and re-proofed some are no longer warm enough or waterproof so money has had to be spent on rugs. We still require additional rugs.

We sadly lost Mr. Bean, Cubster and Money this year. All are missed very much. Mr. Bean had suffered with his front legs for sometime due to arthritis, with one of his knee joints being extended to the side meaning he could not walk evenly, he had a built up shoe one side to compensate for this he had cushions fitted in his front shoes but eventually the knee became so weak our Vet, Ben Ryder Davies said the leg could give away at any time and Mr.Bean was now losing weight possibly by the pain.  He was a big horse approximately 17hh and if he fell would suffer or maybe injure somebody or another horse that may be close to him at the time as he had a lot of friends. The decision was made by the Vet that he should be put to sleep as quality of life was no longer there for him.

Cubster & Money also sadly died both very suddenly during the Summer. Cubster was a wonderful horse and we miss him shuffling around.He had a desire for chocolate, when his previous owner came to visit he was always spoiled with treats.  Money known as Money Box was such a character he could never be replaced.He had many years with us, the latter years with very few teeth, he had a soft diet, carrots grated, lots of chaff  and did very well. He regularly unbolted his door and went for a walk around the yard on his own. He had bute(pain killer)occasionally for several years but did not like it only in a honey sandwich.

We are at the present time appealing for help to rescue a horse called Surprise

Surprise needs to retire

Surprise Needs Your Help

 We would like to give her the retirement she deserves. The number of residents as we call them places are full according to what we can afford so we are doing a special appeal to help  Surprise.  She is being cared for temporarily at the moment until we see if we can raise enough money to help her

How you can help all of our horses:

Collect used postage stamps and either post them to us or deliver to one of the shops.

Donate any unwanted mobile phones.

Donate unused ink cartridges for recycling.

Donate clothing, shoes, bric-a-brac for the shops.

Take a collecting box and save any coins you can for the horses.

Sponsor a horse:

If you can sponsor a horse by making a monthly payment by Standing Order of £10 or whatever you wish this helps so much. For every 30 sponsors of £10 a month we can help another horse.  This money is regular so we can count on it for continued support in taking in another horse.Contact us for a sponsor form if you feel you can sponsor a horse.

Thank you to the sponsors we already have.  Several lives would not have been saved without you.

Please note we do not post out newsletters very often, but you can catch up on the website. We would rather spend the money on the horses rather than on postage. You can register your email with us for more regular newsletters. (Subscribe to our Email Newsletters Here). If you sponsor a horse or just wish to visit, please contact us and make an appointment.

In 2012 we have made a big effort to get with the times online. We added a blog to our website and have started to use Facebook and Twitter to engage with our fans and sponsors. We now have an email newsletter as highlighted above and our New Years resolution for 2012 is to develop a more interactive and engaging experience in order to keep everyone up to date with the latest developments at Heartbeat Home for Retired Horses. Look out for our two competitions coming up in the next few days.


Colin & Diane Cooper




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Surprise A 30 Year Old Horse – rescued from a riding school nightmare.

Today we are running an advert in the Daily Mail in order to attract donations for this wonderful horse. She was rescued from a riding school nightmare at the ripe old age of 30.

Surprise was one of 13 horses being used in a riding school,
she was under weight and she had not seen a vet in years.
She was tired, lame, she had a club foot, arthritis, feather
mites and mud fever, yet was still working at the age of 30!
On our owners arrival she was instantly retired from
the riding school, however Surprise needs a restful home
to retire for the rest of her life.
Please make a donation or sponsor this horse
We need your help to give Surprise
the retirement that she deserves.

If you would like to make a donation please click here

This is the advert in today’s Daily Mail.

Surprise needs to retire

Surprise Needs Your Help


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Heartbeat Horses Enjoying haylage

Some of our residents enjoying haylage as the goodness in the grass has gone. They have as much haylage as they can eat available to them.

Heartbeat Horses Eating Haylage

Hungry Horses

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Thank you to all the people that have donated to Heartbeat in recent weeks.

Many thanks to all the people that have made donations and subscribed to donate to Heartbeat on a monthly basis. We could not manage to save horses lives without your help and your continued support is much appreciated.

Please continue to make kind donations and help horses like Money to enjoy a happy and healthy retirement.

The Lovely "Money" enjoying his retirement.

We are updating our Facebook page to support the new Timeline for pages and will be looking to achieve a great following across Facebook and other social mediums in the months ahead.

We are looking forward to the spring as this is a great time for the horses and we will be having some photos taken and Video’s of the horses.

We are considering if it might be an idea to have developed a Heartbeat App for iPhone/iPad and Android smart phones.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions or ideas for fund raisers contact us by email woodyates@hotmail.co.uk.

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Cold weather problems with retired horses

This cold freezing weather has meant the expense of buyer lots of rugs some horses are wearing 3, they cannot go out as they may fall over so they have adlib hay which is costing a lot more as they are not going in the fields for a pick about.  They are warm safe but obviously a little bored.  This is a very expensive time.

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Heartbeat Home For Retired Horses Website Donations

Heartbeat are pleased to announce that we have added the possibility to make a donation via our website at www.retiredhorses.org.uk/donationform.html.

It is now possible to make a donation through our website with either a one off payment of a monthly subscription donation.

Here at Heartbeat we are undertaking a number of new marketing intiaitives in order to move our charity forward and take horses off of our waiting list, by giving them a nice place to retire to.

You can support us financially if you choose to make a kind donation but please spread the word amongst your friends.

You can follow us on Twitter, Like us on Facebook or even give us a Google+1 to endorse our charity across your Social Networks, this will help us tremendously to continue with our efforts to save these wonderful creatures and give them a well deserved retirement.


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Heartbeat Home For Retired Horses Blog Launches

Heartbeat Home For Retired Horses has now launched a blog in order to keep all our supporters and sponsors up to date with the latest developments at the Heartbeat Home For Retired Horses.

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