A helping hand at animal rehab centre

Eileen Gillen has been based at Belware Farm, in Aboyne, home to World Horse Welfare (formerly the International League for the Protection of Horses) since 1990.

Eileen, a former qualified instructor, arrived at the farm after applying for the role of manager.

She laughs: ‘I thought I’d give it three years and I’m now nearly 30 years down the line.’

‘The world of welfare is fascinating – you never stop learning, there’s always one horse that comes along and challenges you.’

Initially 45 acres, Eileen has seen the farm grow to 174 acres with the capacity to help 65 horses, ponies and donkeys.

The farm is one of Scotland’s biggest rescue and rehabilitation centres and since 1990 has seen over 2000 horses come through its doors.

Pictures by Angus Blackburn.

Read the full story in the latest issue of EQY Magazine, which comes with the July 2018 edition of Scottish Field.

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