The Giffords Circus Animals

A WORLD WITHOUT HORSES IS NO WORLD FOR OUR CIRCUS

The horses in our show have a good balance between work and rest, and that at some point in the year they get to go out in the rolling fields of Fennells Farm and be horses. This means that they do not come in, they do not have rugs on but live out in the wild. They grow thick oily coats and live in little herds.

All the horses, whether they are in work or not, are visited several times a year by the equine dentist, farrier, nutritionist and chiropractor, and are regularly wormed. This the base line of their care, although there are other consultants who input into their health, for example our wonderful vet, Tim Beauregard, our saddle fitter Kay Humphries and our head of horses, Rebecca Musselwhite.

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“All my children (and me) want to run off to join this circus”

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

ANIMAL WELFARE

All of our horses are trained using positive reinforcement techniques, which means rewarding good behaviours as a teaching tool. Our horses live in a stable tent backstage throughout the tour and spend their time showing off and learning in the ring, out in makeshift mini pastures within the circus site to cool off and their stables.

 

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OUR ANIMALS

We try to ensure that the horses in our show have a good balance between work and rest, and that at some point in the year they get to go out in the lovely rolling fields of Fennells Farm and be horses.

This means that they do not come in, they do not have rugs on but live out in the wild. They grow thick oily coats and live in little herds.

All the horses, whether they are in work or not, are visited several times a year by the equine dentist, farrier, nutritionist and chiropractor, and are regularly wormed. This the base line of their care.

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Dogs at Giffords Circus

Our dogs have the space to have extensive exercise, and the fun and excitement of learning new skills in the ring, they are part of the family. Following their time at Giffords Circus the dogs are rehomed with loving families known to us.

This season will see Tweedy’s dog Apple in her debut role in The Hooley.

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Our shows have included various feathered friends - doves, a turkey and chickens.

The chickens took a starring role in the 2017 show Any Port in a Storm and a turkey in My Beautiful Circus in 2018.

Doves are going to rule the roost again in The Hooley. 

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Pozo and dove 2019 by Gem Hall

FAQS

What animal licences does Giffords Circus hold?

We are regularly inspected and are in ownership of the following licences:

Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

Licence Holder: Elizabeth Rice

Licence Number: 19/00322/AWACT

Valid: 24/04/2019 – 24/04/2022

Licensing Authority: Stroud District Council

What animals are in this year's show?

We have three horses in this year’s show, two Percheron’s, big broad horses that are in the vaulting act, trained by equestrienne Rebecca Musselwhite. We also have a beautiful black stallion who is trained and belongs to Natasha Lacey and appears with her in the show. We are also delighted to welcome Andrejs Fjodorovs to Giffords with his dove act.

How do you train your horses?

All of our horses are trained using positive reinforcement techniques, which means rewarding good behaviours as a teaching tool.

Where do the horses live on tour?

Our horses live in a stable tent backstage throughout the tour and spend their time showing off and learning in the ring, out in makeshift mini pastures within the circus site to cool off and their stables.

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