Coudia Equine owner Taryn Elliot with Joker, one of the horses in her care.
Coudia Equine owner Taryn Elliot with Joker, one of the horses in her care. Luka Kauzlaric

Horse-lover Taryn a guardian angel for abused horses

ABUSED, unwanted or neglected horses have a guardian angel in Gladstone giving them the rehabilitation needed for a better life.

Taryn Elliot is the owner of not-for-profit, privately funded business Coudia Equine, a horse rescue service.

The non-registered charity started 10 years ago and was instigated by a love for horses.

"So many people think it's just the dogs and cats that need help, which there is a huge need for, but I have an endless list of horses that need to come into care," Taryn said.

There is a waiting list of more than 70 horses while Taryn is busy providing rehabilitation to 12 horses.

"It's an enormous commitment. "I'll spend minimum one to two hours a day, and weekends I'll be out here five to six hours a day," she said.

"Any sickness or injury can triple the amount of time I need to spend with them."

The amount of time a horse requires Taryn's rehab program depends on its condition.

"I do have some here that are with me for life," she said. "Some have temperament or health issues. Some are only here a few months before they get re-homed."

Taryn recalled a horse that was with her for 12 months before finding a suitable home.

"He hadn't been handled very well, but just 12 months in a paddock with plenty of horses where he could just be a horse was all he needed," she said.

"It's hard to find the right home to match with the horse."

She said people do not realise the time and expense that comes with the care of a horse.

During time in her care, she creates a feeding program to suit the horse, provides veterinary needs, looks after dental work, organises necessary vaccinations and worming and chiropractic treatments.

"It's just me here, but I do have some very supportive friends," she said.

Taryn has applied for the Sunsuper Dreams competition for a grant of $5000.

To vote for Coudia Equine's wish for the Sunsuper Dreams competition, visit www.sunsuperdreams.com.au and go to dream, view and help rescue horses tabs.



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