Photographer: Ralph Palmer, Copyright Photo
Posted with permission
It seems that Leicestershire, England has a bumper crop of fake designer sunglasses worth nearly $100,000. These were being sold in markets and from cars. All failed to meet safety requirements.
After the officers of the Leicestershire Trading Standards seized around 480 counterfeit brands, the problem was what to do with them in an environmentally responsible manner.
It was then decided to give these designer sunglasses to the horses.
The sunglasses will be shredded and made into stall bedding for horses.
Although this was considered an unusual method of disposal, it was decided that recycling them into the animal product was the safest and most useful. Keith Regan, from trading standards, stated that ‘it was a good use rather than using natural products’.
The sunglasses will be given to a company free of charge to be manufactured into horse bedding.
Re-written from news article:
No more tranquil music for horses
A woman who plays classical music to her horses to keep them calm has been told she must pay for a public performance license.
Rosemary Greenway has been playing passages of opera and orchestral symphonies on the radio to the animals at her stables for more than 20 years, convinced that it helps soothe them.
But at the Malthouse Equestrian Centre in Bushton, Wiltshire, England there will be no more music, and perhaps some very nervous horses now residing there.
Because her stables employ more than two people, she received a telephone call from the Performing Right Society which has been targeting stables as part of a drive to get commercial premises to pay for the music played around the barn.
In defense, a spokeswoman for the society said: “Of course, we don’t ask people to pay for music played to animals. “Mrs Greenway was only asked to pay for music played for staff, like any other workplace.”
The radio is now turned off except for Sunday when there are no staff at the stable yard.
It has long been thought that music helps to calm anxious animals.
Last year a study at Belfast Zoo found evidence that playing Elgar, Puccini and Beethoven to elephants helped reduce stress related behaviours such as swaying, pacing and tossing their trunks.
Perhaps the Malthouse Equestrian Centre might consider purchasing some soothing CDs to calm any horses that have become anxious over this “no radio” ruling.
Link: Have A Spooky Horse? Try Tchaikovsky!
Debi Metcalfe reunited with
her stolen horse “Idaho”.
If your horse is stolen go directly to:
Stolen Horse International at
A Shelby, North Carolina woman
has made it her mission to find stolen horses.
Debi Metcalfe and her husband, Harold, lost a family member. Their horse, Idaho, was horse-napped, in broad day light from their pasture.
A year later, they found Idaho in Tennessee.
This is how Stolen Horse International and NetPosse.com was born and has now celebrated over 10 years of success.
The website has Idaho Alerts which are similar to AMBER Alerts for missing children where members are alerted when a horse, tack or even trailers are stolen.
An estimated 40,000 horses are stolen each year in the United States.
During the Metcalfes’ search, someone set up a Web space for the couple and after finding their horse, they decided to help out other people on the Web. That’s how her site NetPosse.com was started.
“We got so much help, I thought I owed it back,” she said.
Since founding her organization, Debi has written a book and been part of television news stories, newspaper and magazine articles and her expertise was used on Fox’s “America’s Most Wanted” in August.
She appeared as the cover story on The Gaited Horse magazine in an edition that sold out and was most recently featured on “Weekend America,” a Public Broadcasting radio show.
We do a lot more than stolen horses,” Debi said. “That’s how we were started, but we do so much more now.”
Her priority is working with people whose horses are missing first. That comes ahead of fundraising and other functions.
“We try to stress that even if the horse is not found alive and well, it’s better to know than have questions,” she said.
Inspiration … Debi has empathy for the people she helps.
On the NetPosse site is a list of stolen or missing horses across the United States. Also included are photos, dates and current status.
Below are just two of the many horses that have been stolen.
For complete listings: Click here:
Stolen: LPS Mr. Jalapeno
Bay Morgan Gelding Missing in California suspected to be in Arizona – Feb. 6, 2007
Fleabitten Grey Arabian Gelding Stolen after dark from Therapy Progam in Newton County, Georgia – Feb. 3, 2008
If you have a horse that has been stolen or strangely disappeared, do not hesitate. Contact NetPosse.com immediately.
If you recognize the horses pictured above, click on the name of the horse for more information.
It takes everyone working together to keep our horses safe and in their own homes.