Shredded Court Documents Give Horse Allergy Relief

An allergy to hay and straw dust can be a tough sentence for a horse. But a black-and-white U.K. lesson horse with the problem is breathing more easily after a local community justice center and two magistrates’ courts began donating shredded

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An allergy to hay and straw dust can be a tough sentence for a horse. But a black-and-white U.K. lesson horse with the problem is breathing more easily after a local community justice center and two magistrates’ courts began donating shredded scrap paper for use as his bedding.






Domino and his bedding
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Police Community Support Officers Steph Jacobson (left) and Maria Garrity hold shredded recycled court documents that are used as Domino’s bedding. The horse is allergic to hay and straw dust, among other things.


Domino, a cob that stands at more than 16 hands tall, lives in Merseyside, U.K. He has been afflicted with allergies for about 10 years and is sensitive to hay dust, tree and grass pollens, and weeds. Owner Kathy Pye treats Domino with an inhaler each day, and she is always looking for innovative ways to help his situation. Pye, a magistrate in Knowsley, said, “I was at the end of my tether as nothing seemed to work with Domino. When he took to eating specialized bedding, it was time to think laterally. I heard that the community justice centre and the two other courts recycled paper and I approached them for a donation

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Stephanie L. Church, Editorial Director, grew up riding and caring for her family’s horses in Central Virginia and received a B.A. in journalism and equestrian studies from Averett University. She joined The Horse in 1999 and has led the editorial team since 2010. A 4-H and Pony Club graduate, she enjoys dressage, eventing, and trail riding with her former graded-stakes-winning Thoroughbred gelding, It Happened Again (“Happy”). Stephanie and Happy are based in Lexington, Kentucky.

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