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Give Noodles a second chance beyond the finish post 

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RSPCA NSW is calling on the Hunter equestrian community to give ex-racehorses a new lease on life this November.  

Noodles, a nine-year-old thoroughbred, is one of seven horses available for adoption.

Collectively, these gentle giants have been in care for nearly 1,000 days, patiently waiting for a “forever paddock”.

In addition to Noodles, Serena, Nell, Jo, Blair, Banjo, and Bonnie, RSPCA NSW boasts an additional 84 horses in care, 67 of which are in protective custody.

Most of them are involved in legal action, meaning they cannot be publicly identified, making it challenging to rehome them.  

Although rescue horses only make up 1% of the intake of RSPCA animals in NSW, the organisation spent more than $500,000 in the past financial year looking after and rehabilitating 176 that turned to them for help.

RSPCA NSW works closely with Horse Welfare Inc, located in the Hunter Valley, which has a passion for re-homing these beautiful creatures, despite high costs. 

“Unfortunately, the reality is that rehoming ex-racehorses places an immense amount of pressure on animal rescue groups and not-for-profits like RSPCA NSW, both physically and financially,” chief inspector Scott Meyers said.

“These horses often come into our care with complex medical issues, after being abandoned by their owners when they no longer generate a profit.

“It is incredibly deflating to see how quickly organisations and individuals relinquish the responsibility of their horse once it no longer brings financial gain, consequently shifting the burden to the shoulders of our inspectorate.”

While having a horse as a companion can be incredibly fulfilling, potential owners do need to be aware of the financial responsibility associated with ownership, with costs on average $200-$500 per month.  

“Many horses that come into the care of RSPCA NSW have become neglected due to their owner’s inability to financially provide for them,” Mr Meyers said.

“Noodles, for example, came to us when his previous owners refused to pay $2,000 for critical eye surgery.

“RSPCA NSW took on the financial responsibility of surgically removing his eye.

“And, he has been waiting for more than 130 days ever since to meet his new family.”

If you are a confident and experienced horse owner, with plenty of room on your property, consider adding a four-hooved friend from RSPCA NSW into your life.

“These horses will make wonderful pets – and they all deserve a life beyond the finish post,” Mr Meyers said.

Visit www.rspcansw.org.au.

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