... From: Ian G. Gerrie To: Simon Baddeley Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 9:40 AM Subject: Re: Use of heavy
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, Jul 5, 2001
----- Original Message -----
From: Ian G. Gerrie <IanG@...>
To: Simon Baddeley <s.j.baddeley@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: Use of heavy horses in Aberdeen in the 80s
> Good morning Simon,
> Reference your enquiry regarding "working horses". We no longer have
> any duties, either operational or leisure, regretfully the horses were a
casualty of ever
> tightening budgets and as the original stock became more aged they were
> The principal problems were simply the effects of old age on the horses -
inability to do
> the full job, increasing vets bills, 7 day/week care requirements - as the
horses, or one
> of a pair, became unable to work we, where possible, retired them to a
> even this was not practical where there was an ongoing requirement for
Veterinary care as
> they could not fund the recurring costs, and the less able horses had to
be put down.
> As mentioned above the priorities of the budget position did not enable
> replacement horses/pairs and it gradually reached a point where all this
> David Welch regretfully died last year following a period of illness, his
> working period was as Director of the Royal Parks in London, I am not
aware whether he
> used horses within the work in these parks.
> I trust that the above is of some assistance and we do still have a number
of staff who
> worked in the parks during the period of the "working horses" who could
> specific recollections should this be of benefit to you.
> Ian G. Gerrie
> Assistant Director,
> Contracting Services Department,
> Aberdeen City Council,
> 38 Powis Terrace,
> ABERDEEN. AB25 3RF.
> Telephone (01224) 523 227
> Facsimile (01224) 487 807
> [This message is not intended to have contractual effect.]
> Visit Aberdeen City Council's Web-site at http://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk
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