8 Dec, 2019 @ 21:18
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Dramatic rescue of a badly beaten horse required TWO armed police and an ambulance on standby, writes columnist Susan Weeding

Farm Flash Diplomat When Rescued

FORGET what you’ve heard. The Spanish police do care for animals.

My husband Rod has been there on the front line with Policía Nacional, their weapons drawn, ready to defend the freedom of a starving horse.

This was the case with the incredible rescue of Diplomat.

It was in San Javier this time, where someone tipped off the authorities to a skeletal horse trapped by a piece of rope to a fence behind someone’s house.

Farm Flash Diplomat When Rescued
STARVING: Diplomat was ‘skeletal’ when rescued by Rod and Susan Weeding from the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales

Rod got the call and turned up flanked by four police officers – two with guns ready – and followed by an ambulance with two paramedics.

One of the armed agents guarded Rod’s trailer, while the other stalked down the track to where Diplomat was locked behind the iron fence.

A police officer carrying bolt croppers cut through a chain on the fence and sliced through the wires so we could get him out.

The agents were nervous – the owners of the horse were gitanos, gypsies, and very violent people. The problem with them is they make threats to the local police, saying ‘we know where your daughter goes to school’.

Let’s just say the paramedics were called in for a reason.

Fortunately, this time they weren’t needed. Diplomat went straight into the trailer and the team disappeared as quickly as they could back to the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales.

Diplomat was a handsome devil, a stallion, but it was obvious he’d been bashed around.

One of his hips couldn’t move freely from a blow or an accident, so I imagine he was given to the gypsies to use him for breeding. Because despite his deformities, he’s still the most handsome horse you’d ever seen.

And now this handsome beast lives his days out in the air, 24 hours a day.

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FARM FAVOURITES: Rod and Susan Weeding started the Easy Horse Care Rescue Centre in Rojales back in 2008

He’s the kind of horse that makes all the mares go ‘oooh, look it’s Diplomat!’

He ignores them, though, to be with his best friend Mystery – another strange horse we found tied up to a rubbish bin behind the rescue centre, hence Mystery. 

How wonderful he’s had a chance to shine here, because he had no life when we found him in that terrible state, tied to a fence and beaten around.

And all thanks to the police. This is risky business: we get  a few death threats from the gypsies too, because they know where all these horses go.

But the police will come in an instant to help us out, because they too know where these horses go, and how lucky we are to see them given a second chance.

Find out more at easyhorsecare.net/ and please leave a donation to allow Rod and Susan to continue their fantastic work.
Call: +34 652 021 980
Email: [email protected]

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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