A HORSE sanctuary owner fears she may have to close her business in the next couple of weeks if she cannot get new premises.
Tina Sambucci has run Options Equine Sanctuary for the last three years and currently provides a home for 46 unwanted horses, including some ex-racehorses.
However, the rescue home in Misterton has been losing money because Miss Sambucci said people find it difficult to travel to the village, particularly during the cold snap.
The 44-year-old said: “Moving to premises that are in a busier area and easier to get to will mean our survival.
“The bad weather hasn’t helped, the business has suffered massively as a result.
“But even when it is okay weather, we still struggle because people can’t get a bus here and travelling is often a problem.
“It’s a really horrible situation to be in because there’s been so much hard work put into this business and this sanctuary is providing a lifeline for these horses.”
Miss Sambucci said if things got worse her horses may have to be sent to other sanctuaries. She had asked Bradford-based Roleystone Horse Sanctuary about the possibility of re-homing 30 of her animals.
She has also written to several businesses appealing for them to become a main sponsor of the sanctuary in Cornley Road.
The sanctuary has received donations from generous folk following a public appeal, however Miss Sambucci said the business was still severely under-threat.
“Realistically if we don’t get a main sponsor or move premises, we could only last a couple of weeks,” she added.
The centre has numerous horses and ponies available for loan costing £25 per week, which includes feeds, shoes and livery.
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