Helping the Horses Heal


The Tasmania Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Organisation help abused, neglected and mistreated horses across the state.


Abused horses in Tasmania are left with little hope, but the Tasmanian Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation Organisation (THRRO) are here to help with Judy Cuthberston, Christine Stalker and Eve Hardie taking the reins. 
This organisation aims to improve the well-being of horses across the state as they rehabilitate and re-home rescued horses.
A horse named Baz is a first hand example of the amazing work the THRRO do.
When Baz came into their care he was in bad condition and extremely malnourished. 
Ms Stalker said that with the help of good feed, treatment and some groundwork he has now been rehomed.
Baz is now a trail horse for his new owner.
Ms Stalker said there are numerous reasons why horses become neglected.
They may have been thrown in a paddock to be forgotten. Or the owner may not be educated enough to understand what care a horse actually needs.
She said that young children beg their parents for a horse because their friends have a horse, but then they grow older and lose interest leaving the horse to fend for itself.
THRRO also have a concern card that members of the public can give to horse owners if they become worried about mistreated horses they see.
This is handy for a neighbour who may not want to approach a person about their neglected horse, she said.
Instead, they can pop the card into their mail box. 
The three women encourage the public to ask for help before it's too late. 
Ms Stalker assured the public not to be scared to ask for help - they won’t be judgmental.
"It’s all about benefiting the horse," she said.
"If people are struggling for horse feed, THRRO may be able to help. If any member of the public has spare hay or feed that they are willing to donate it would also be greatly appreciated," Hardie said.

The THRRO information tent can be found at the Olympus feeds Arena at the Equine Expo.
Photograph by Annie Greene