Feilding Herald : January 26th 2012
34 THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2012 NEWS 4218578AA MONUMENTAL MASONS 4217173AA ANDERSON MEMORIALS 158 Kimbolton Rd • Feilding • Ph/Fax 323 6616 www.anderson-memorials.co.nz Headstones A MnmnaW Deal direct with • the craftsmen 5 generations and • 90 years experience Competitive prices • Fully stocked showroom • Free info pack available • Super Gold Card welcome • ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Air-conditioned chapel and reception lounge with close-circuit TV for the larger funerals 29 Beattie St, Feilding 06 323 7062 www.feildingfunerals.co.nz Winners of the Best Professional Business, 2011 Feilding Excellence in Business Awards. Shane, Lyndon & Jeanette Cotton Available on request at no additional charge; our 1939 Chevrolet Hearse Funeral Directors & Monumental Masons Members of FDANZ, NZEA and BIE 4218572AA W W William Cotton & Sons Ltd FUNERAL DIRECTORS THANKS to all of you for the lovely cards ect, and the ones who attended my 80th Birthday. Love you all, Jan Van Loo. TODDLERS Puma left shoe. Call Feiklding Herald Office, Fergusson St, Feilding. IN MEMORIAM KITCHEN, Raymond Herbert (Ray). --- January 22, 2002. In loving memory of a much loved father and Poppa. Your time came too soon.'' Loved and remembered always.'' (Dean, Lisa, Daniel, and Jonty). SHANNON, John. --- Forever in our hearts, Gone but not forgotten.'' (Your loving family). 280 Kimbolton Road, Feilding pel and reception lou n a beautiful, quiet private Feilding location Phone 323 3700 all hours FU UN NERAL DIRECTO ORRSS 2FF ng unge t and n Chape Set in p Anthony, Peter, Julie, & Emily Beauchamp 4090898AA FOUND Someone's in the kitchen: Lana Wragg, 7, feeds one-year-old miniature rescue horse, Missy, a carrot during her first visit inside. Photo: MEGAN MILLER Rescued horses lavished with love and attention By LAURA WALTERS Gandalf the grey: Tracy Wragg demonstrates her training methods with French draught horse Gandalf, while her daughter Lana looks on. Photo: MEGAN MILLER The sun has gone down, the nervous thoroughbred walks into the horse trailer. The trailer pulls up at the end of the journey and the ex-racehorse is led off into his new yard at Tracy Wragg's property in Crofton. The fearful horse runs around like a man possessed''. The farrier is waiting to remove the gelding's shoes to stop him injuring another horse. The animal does not realise he was tagged for dog tucker'' and the covert trip away from home saved his life. One week later Tracy's seven- year-old daughter is riding the same horse around his paddock with nothing but a rope halter. This kind of miraculous recovery is not uncommon for Tracy's rescue horses. In fact, that is what she does. Tracy has rescued 50 horses that needed her help in the past five years. The British expat equine behaviourist has rescued horses that needed help or were being neglected. She then works with the horses until they are ready to go to a new and loving home. Her work is non-profit, however. She runs a sideline business to help fund her rescue projects. Her business, Natural Horse, specialises in bitless bridles, rope halters and leads and equine behaviour lessons. Tracy said it is important not to push a horse. They set their own timelines.'' She has been in New Zealand for the past six years and never planned to set up a rescue programme. But she could not say no to a horse in need. It's just giving them a chance,'' she said. For Tracy it is all about the horses, not the money. Her husband even converted their outdoor spa room into a stable. Tracy's daughter Lana helps out with the horses, showing them just as much love as her mother. If they love you they'll jump higher, they'll run faster and they'll win more,'' Tracy said. The behaviorist's approach to retraining horses does not involve force or restraint. She spends time simulating real- life situations with them, like being in an enclosed area, playing games using balls, barrels and a pedestal made from a tractor tyre and sand. If you don't give them a release it becomes too much for them,'' she said. There's so much more that you can do than riding.'' The horse closest to Tracy's heart is her French draught horse Gandalf. The 950kg grey was a prestigious stallion who injured his eye. When Tracy found him he weighed 450kg so she took him home and fed him up. I couldn't leave him there,'' she said. That was six years ago. Tracy said he was an a intensely challenging'' horse to retrain. But now she would not dream of parting with him. He's my soul-mate -- in horses.'' Tracy has just taken on a 60cm miniature horse, which she brought inside her house to play. Little Missy ate carrots off the kitchen floor and stared at her reflection in the oven door. Tracy also had a Kaimanawa horse which was too dangerous to rehome as a riding pony and an ex- cart pony which she found with lashes down his back from a whip. She said she understood some horses needed her help because the owners had gone through financial struggles and could not afford to look after them. However, others were cases of pure neglect. Tracy takes the horses in, regardless of the owner's situation, and deals with cases confidentially and discreetly, without blame, or judgment, she said. Visit naturalhorse.co.nz.
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