During lockdown Suzanne Bunton was inspired by Captain Tom Moore’s fundraiser for the NHS and decided that she and her wonderful horse, Arthur, could cover 50 miles of laps around his fields in the month of September on foot together. 

They started last week on 1st September and aim to raise as many funds as possible for the horse charity that she adopted him from, Brown Bread Horse Rescue. 

Arthur was found abandoned and starving in a field when the charity rescued him. Suzanne adopted him two years ago and he has changed her life in many positive ways. He’s taught her how to be calm and quiet and to be patient – but also to be more confident, as he needs that sense of confidence from her.

The daily walk is three to four laps of a field, about one-and-a-half miles. The idea is to reach 50 miles by the end of the month. When I asked why she didn’t ride Arthur, Suzanne said: “He’s still too nervous and I’m still building up the emotional trust that is necessary.” She added: “You can’t rush things. I need to get to the bottom of the problems he was facing.”

Talking about the reason for adopting Arthur in the first place, she said: “I wanted to be part of the process of helping a horse trust a human. I wanted to watch the relationship develop. He gives so much back.” 

Suzanne was involved with horses well before Arthur and understood the therapeutic effect through Equine Affinity (See HIP Issue 153 Animals and Wellbeing as lockdown Eases) who offer horse training and equine therapy and learning: she has since also got to know the couple who run similar therapeutic sessions at Intuitive Horse on the outskirts of Hastings. 

If you feel inspired to donate visit the crowdfunder gf.me/u/yvq375
If you want to find out more about Equine Affinity or Intuitive Horse go to equineaffinity.co.uk or intuitivehorse.com

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