Theft leaves battlers out in cold

A BUNDABERG disabled pensioner has appealed to the community to help her find a horse rug believed to have been stolen this week.

Barbara McNeish and her daughter Louise scrimped and saved for four months to buy the $250 blanket to keep their beloved four-year-old Arabian stallion Gucci warm during winter.

Mrs McNeish now fears her family will not be able to afford a replacement before the season turns and has urged anyone with information to come forward.

“It’s a really heartless act,” she said.

“Most people would be able to just rush out and buy another but we don’t have that liberty.”

The award-winning stallion has enjoyed recent success, being named the champion Arabian stallion at the 2009 and 2007 Bundaberg Shows.

Mrs McNeish was puzzled as to why thieves snuck into an electric-fenced paddock of a rural property to steal the blanket.

“To most people it’s just a horse rug but to us it’s priceless,” she said.

“It’s enough to make your blood boil.”



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