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  • Simon Baddeley
    ... From: Ian G. Gerrie To: Simon Baddeley Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2001 9:40 AM Subject: Re: Use of heavy
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      ----- 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
      horses undertaking
      > 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
      not replaced.
      >
      > 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
      'sanctuary' but
      > 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
      purchase of
      > replacement horses/pairs and it gradually reached a point where all this
      activity had
      > gone.
      >
      > David Welch regretfully died last year following a period of illness, his
      most recent
      > 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
      provide more
      > specific recollections should this be of benefit to you.
      >
      > Regards,
      >
      >
      > 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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