Horses and Ponies Protection Association (HAPPA) are commemorating the animals that served and died in conflict alongside British and Allied servicemen this Remembrance Sunday.
Visitors to Shores Hey Farm, the home of HAPPA, will be able to see the four foot tall ‘War Horse’ decorated with poppies in memory of all the equines whose lives were lost at war.
The horse will be on display throughout Remembrance Weekend and for a small donation to The Royal British Legion, visitors will be encouraged to leave messages of hope and remembrance on the poppies.
Animals, including equines, dogs, cats, camels, pigeons, and even a bear and an elephant, have been recorded as serving in crucial parts of war throughout history.
Julie Rickwood-Gan, HAPPA Development Officer explains “HAPPA commemorate those horses, ponies, donkeys and mules lost in battle every year with wreaths placed both at Shores Hey Farm and via a HAPPA supporter at The Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.
"This year, we would like our visitors to take some time to remember and place their own personal messages upon our War Horse.
"We will never forget those servicemen who gave their lives so that we may be free, but we should also remember the millions of animals who also fought and died alongside those men. Millions of equines were deployed in battle with many never making it back, “Lest We Forget”.
HAPPA would like to thank The Royal British Legion in Burnley for their support in this project and in particular Mr Tommy Norris.
‘War Horse’ can be seen in the Visitor’s Centre at Shores Hey Farm, Blackhouse Lane, Briercliffe, Burnley BB10 3QU between 11am and 4pm until 17th November.