THERE will be no horsing around for youngsters across the borough as a community stables struggles to raise funds to pay for an injured favourite.
Bess, a ten-year-old black Welsh cob mare, fractured a bone in her leg and dislocated another during a ride last week.
The black beauty is part of Summerfield Stables in Yardley Wood - a community group which offers encouragement and support to young people through interaction with horses.
Fourteen-year-old Jasmine Stanley said: “Everybody’s really missing Bess. She’s one of the bigger, safer to ride horses and we all want her back.
“We’re all doing our very best to help raise funds for her treatment - there’s already been an Easter egg hunt, cake sale and donation boxes placed in local shops - we’re planning a dog show soon too.”
Bess has been taken to a specialist horse surgeon in the Cotswolds and is awaiting an operation but adult volunteers at the stables are worried about spiralling costs.
Georgina Urwin, chair of the committee that runs Summerfield Stables, said: “We’ve managed to pay existing vets’ bills but the cost of Bess’s operation plus aftercare and check ups could be anywhere in the region of £3,000 to £6,000.
“Bess is a real favourite here and everyone with a connection to the stables - from primary school children to teenagers and adults - is doing their very best to help raise funds but we need more help.”
Summerfield Stables is also on the lookout for adult or retired volunteers to help care for the stable’s horses.
If you can help, contact the stables at http://summerfieldstables.weebly.com/, or call Georgina on 07948 96147.