Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic held an open day for clients and raised £316 for equine welfare charity The Horse Trust. Around 120 people attended the open day in Mereworth, Kent, on September 17.

Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic held an open day for clients and raised £316 for equine welfare charity The Horse Trust. Around 120 people attended the open day on September 17 at the equine hospital and ambulatory practice, which is based in Mereworth, Kent.

Visitors had the opportunity to have a tour of the clinic, meet members of staff, and observe demonstrations, including a horse “body painting” and horse training demonstration.

Liane Crowther demonstrates horse body paintingDonations were collected for The Horse Trust, a charity established in 1886, which runs a sanctuary for rescued, abandoned and retired working horses, ponies and donkeys in Speen, Buckinghamshire.

“We were delighted to be able to support The Horse Trust in its 125th year,” said Julian Samuelson, managing partner at Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic.

He added: “The charity’s mission to develop, demonstrate and disseminate best practice in equine care is very closely aligned with our own ethos and we are very confident that the money our clients have kindly donated will be put to excellent use.”

Highlights of the open day included a demonstration from Liane Crowther, welfare development manager at The Horse Trust, who gave a horse “body painting” demonstration by painting the skeleton on the side of the horse’s body and enables people to learn more about a horse’s anatomy.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the staff at Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic for running the open day in aid of The Horse Trust,” said Susan Lewis, fundraising manager for The Horse Trust. “The money they have raised will help us to continue our work with rescue cases and retired working horses.”

The Horse Trust depends on public support to look after the horses, ponies and donkeys at its sanctuary. It costs the charity around £10 per day to look after each horse at the sanctuary. To donate to The Horse Trust, visit www.horsetrust.org.uk/

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