Medieval Migration

The Positive Herd Project CIC needs funds now more than ever!

Despite a very challenging year we have achieved so much and come so far as an organisation. We have secured a new premises and are making headway in delivering some new projects, and continuing to meet our aims. However, due to Covid-19 and other extenuating circumstances we have been unable to offer the full range of fundraising activities and services that we'd planned for Summer 2020. 

We're now facing a long winter with the horses, while continuing to renovate and run the farm. The overheads are unsurprisingly exponential! We need vital funds to help towards the running costs, and ensure that we're able to continue providing a high standard of welfare for our horses, as well as delivering our aims. This personal fundraiser is part of our Autumn Fundraising event. Please consider starting your own sponsored event, as every penny raised is vitally important.  

Medieval Migration

The Positive Herd currently has 12 horses at Moorsbarrow Lodge Farm, but there are still others who are yet to move. Some of our horses have had traumatic pasts and as a result are unable to travel in a horse trailer. As such, we've become well versed in migrating horses huge distances on foot! This is often much less stressful for the horse, providing that it is done with great care, attention and planning. 

One of our horses who is unable to travel is Missy. She was found as a foal by a dog rescue organisation, locked in a small shed with a number of dogs who had been left without food or care. Unfortunately some of the dogs had already starved  and perished when they were discovered.  After spending some time with a natural horsemanship trainer Missy came to us in 2007, while the organisation was in the very early stages. As she was so young when she experienced the deprivation and trauma that she had missed some of the key developmental stages. This was evident as she struggled to adjust socially and emotionally to other horses. When she first arrived Missy even displayed some dog behaviours. She also had major issues with claustrophobia and was extremely reactive.

51665720_1601811373833560_r.jpegAbove- beautiful Missy in 2015. 

Because of her extreme claustrophobia Missy does not load and travel in a trailer, and we believe it is not in her interest to expect her to do this when she finds the process so challenging. Hopefully, after she's moved to Moorsbarrow she won't have to move house again, and we will then have the facilities, time and space to work on her fear of travelling using positive reinforcement. 

Missy and her sturdy friend Pepper, another rescue who was adopted by our founder Rachel Randles, will therefore be making the pilgrimage on foot. They will be walking from their current home in Knutsford to the farm in Middlewich,  a journey of around 8 miles!

Pepper will be able to do the journey ridden, where as Missy will need to be lead. As mentioned, we're well practised in moving horses on foot. However, to raise funds and awareness we will be doing this migration with a twist- in full Medieval attire! 

Many years ago, while the organisation was extremely young, we would frequent country fairs and events, working alongside a falconry centre, and doing many of our shows in Medieval dress! It was a wonderful and wacky time, and the horses took it all in their stride. It has been a very long time since we brought out the fancy dress, and what better excuse!?

So, Pepper and Missy will be migrating to our wonderful farm on foot, all 8 miles of which myself and Rachel Randles will be dressed in medieval costume! It will certainly turn some heads!

Please consider sponsoring our mental medieval migration! Any contribution will be hugely appreciated and go a long way to helping the horses and allowing us to continue the important work we are doing!

More information about The Positive Herd Project CIC: The Positive Herd is a CIC which aims to advance equine welfare and provide opportunities for people to benefit from time with the horses in a mutually beneficial manner. We aim to rescue and rehome horses in need, and provide sanctuary for those who cannot be rehomed. We also provide education on force-free, positive and ethical ways of managing and training horses, and provide therapeutic activities for people in need that do not negatively impact the horses.


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Beth Gibbons 
Levenshulme, North West England, United Kingdom
The Positive Herd Project CIC 
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